from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slang Characterized by tense nervousness or apprehension: a white-knuckle emergency landing; white-knuckle time in the hospital waiting room.

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  • adj. Causing fear, excitement, apprehension, suspense, or nervousness.


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  • Hurd had also been quoted as saying that Final Orbit has “all of the classic cat-and-mouse, edge-of-your-seat elements to be a fantastic white-knuckle thriller.”

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  • The white-knuckle stretch from Monterey to Saltilo has now been bypassed with a beautifully engineered toll road.

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  • That Skyway is reserved for New Jersey white-knuckle driving.

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  • The Jets won 11 games in the regular season, and many of them came down to white-knuckle finishes.

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  • At the same time, financial markets are expected to remain prone to kind of white-knuckle swings seen over the past six weeks or so.

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  • Gold prices largely enjoyed the mayhem, but even that haven has experienced some white-knuckle volatility, especially in August.

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  • “The atmosphere is dark, and treachery abounds, making this story white-knuckle reading in the extreme.”

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  • How will you white-knuckle your way through the next two months?

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  • Frequently reaching for a glass of water or trying to calm herself so she can move on to the next segment of her monologue, Pittman's journey takes the audience on a white-knuckle journey through the depths of dysfunctionality with almost laser-like precision as she tries to examine how she and her sister missed the signs that something was so desperately wrong.

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  • The UniCredit rights issue is turning into a white-knuckle ride.

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