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white knuckler

noun

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

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white knuckler

noun phrase

  1. An airplane flight, esp an anxious one on a commuter airline: You take a white-knuckler. Smilin' Jack at the controls (1980s+)
  2. A tense and anxious person; someone or something frightened: A list of companies in trouble: The white knucklers
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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