[hwahyt-nuhk-uh l, wahyt-]
- 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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Examples from the Web for white-knuckled
As summer recedes, booksellers are awash in white-knuckled tales of suspense.Thriller Night
David J. Montgomery
August 28, 2009
One of Feldman's white-knuckled hands reached for the attendant.Badge of Infamy
Lester del Rey
Nothing but the straining, white-knuckled grip of his other hand modified the absolute, wilful insolence of his pose.The Sick-a-Bed Lady
Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
He strode forward with white-knuckled fists and a very unpleasant expression on his face.The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch
Henry Wallace Phillips
- causing or experiencing fear or anxietya white-knuckle ride