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white knuckler


a short flight on a propeller-driven aircraft; by extension, any rough aircraft flight

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white knuckle

noun phrase

Something tense, uncertain, frightening, very suspenseful, etc; cliffhanger: It was a white knuckle (1980s+)


: ''Just plain folks'' can white knuckle it around Mugello's tight curves

[fr the pallor of knuckles on an anxiously clenched hand]

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