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white-knuckle

[ hwahyt-nuhk-uhl, wahyt- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪtˈnʌk əl, ˈwaɪt- /
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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.

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Often white-knuck·led .
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white-knuckle

adjective

causing or experiencing fear or anxietya white-knuckle ride
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