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.
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How to use white knight in a sentence
In Season 1, Ned Stark—the closest thing to a white knight—was decapitated.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding | Andrew Romano | April 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There was no foreign white knight willing to ride to the rescue.Bailout’s Success Lets Treasury Take Loss on General Motors Stock | Daniel Gross | December 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gbowee said she spent more than a decade simply trying to survive and “waiting for a white knight.”Nobel Winner Gbowee: Where Are the Angry American Women? | Abigail Pesta | March 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Still, the white-knight syndrome is deeply embedded in the Republican psyche.Why Republicans Need to Get Over the Idea of Jeb Bush in 2012 | Howard Kurtz | March 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not since that 1985 Mikhail Baryshnikov cinematic embarrassment has the term “white knight” so polluted the public discourse.GOP Still Desperate for White Knight Despite Romney’s Michigan, Arizona Wins | Michelle Cottle | February 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Let the white knight come hither—though he be of the losing side.Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
The white knight came near and said something in a low voice, unheard by the general crowd, to the Princess.Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
Then Sir Tristram took ground for battle, and the white knight did so likewise.
Then the white knight returned from his course and came up to where Sir Percival was.
Then the white knight dismounted from his horse and came to where Sir Percival was.
British Dictionary definitions for white knight
a champion or rescuer, esp a person or organization that rescues a company from financial difficulties, an unwelcome takeover bid, etc
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