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white knight

a hero who comes to the rescue.
a beleaguered champion who fights heroically for a cause, as in politics.
Informal. a company that comes to the rescue of another, as to prevent a takeover.
Origin of white knight
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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white knight

a champion or rescuer, esp a person or organization that rescues a company from financial difficulties, an unwelcome takeover bid, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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]

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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