white-knuckle

[ hwahyt-nuhk-uhl, wahyt- ]

adjectiveInformal.
  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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British Dictionary definitions for white-knuckle

white-knuckle

adjective
  1. causing or experiencing fear or anxiety: a white-knuckle ride

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