[hwahyt-nuhk-uh l, wahyt-]

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.

Often white-knuck·led.
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Examples from the Web for white-knuckled

Contemporary Examples of white-knuckled

  • As summer recedes, booksellers are awash in white-knuckled tales of suspense.

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    Thriller Night

    David J. Montgomery

    August 28, 2009

Historical Examples of white-knuckled

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for white-knuckled



causing or experiencing fear or anxietya white-knuckle ride
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