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[hwahyt-nuhk-uh l, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˈnʌk əl, ˈwaɪt-/
adjective, Informal.
causing fear, apprehension, or panic:
The plane made a white-knuckle approach to the fogged-in airport.
experiencing fear, terror, or apprehension:
The white-knuckle crowd loved that director's newest horror movie.
Also, white-knuckled. Unabridged
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  • While the stock market has not yet suffered a serious correction, it has gone through a few white-knuckle drops.
  • The fact of the matter is that white-knuckle fliers have a lot more to be worried about in their cars than they do while flying.
British Dictionary definitions for white-knuckle


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

white hope


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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