white-knuckle

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. white-haired,
  2. white-haired boy,
  3. white-handed gibbon,
  4. white-headed,
  5. white-hot,
  6. white-knuckle paddler,
  7. white-livered,
  8. white-pine weevil,
  9. white-robed,
  10. white-shoe

Often white-knuck·led.

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British Dictionary definitions for white knuckle

white-knuckle

adjective

causing or experiencing fear or anxietya white-knuckle ride
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