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white-knuckle

[hwahyt-nuhk-uh l, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˈnʌk əl, ˈwaɪt-/
adjective, Informal.
1.
causing fear, apprehension, or panic:
The plane made a white-knuckle approach to the fogged-in airport.
2.
experiencing fear, terror, or apprehension:
The white-knuckle crowd loved that director's newest horror movie.
Also, white-knuckled.
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British Dictionary definitions for white knuckle

white-knuckle

adjective
1.
causing or experiencing fear or anxiety: a white-knuckle ride
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Slang definitions & phrases for white knuckle

white knight

noun phrase

A person or company that intervenes to thwart a hostile takeover bid: Miami firm calls $1.6 billion bid ''inadequate''; seeks white knight for rescue

[1981+; fr the White Knight in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass]


white hope

noun

A person or thing on which hopes are based

[1911+; fr a white boxer who might beat Jack Johnson, the first black boxer to be world heavyweight champion (1908–15)]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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