[hwahyt-nuhk-uh l, wahyt-]
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adjective Informal.
  1. causing fear, apprehension, or panic: The plane made a white-knuckle approach to the fogged-in airport.
  2. experiencing fear, terror, or apprehension: The white-knuckle crowd loved that director's newest horror movie.
Often white-knuck·led.
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Related Words for white knuckle

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British Dictionary definitions for white knuckle


  1. causing or experiencing fear or anxietya white-knuckle ride
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