white as a sheet

Very pale in the face, as in She was white as a sheet after that near encounter. This simile, dating from about 1600, survives despite the fact that bedsheets now come in all colors.


Nearby words

  1. white alder,
  2. white alert,
  3. white alkali,
  4. white ant,
  5. white area,
  6. white ash,
  7. white aspen,
  8. white australia policy,
  9. white bacon,
  10. white bass

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