Definition of white knight in English:

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white knight

Pronunciation: /ˈˌ(h)wīt ˈnīt/


1A person or thing that comes to someone’s aid.
Example sentences
  • The novel's hero, Justin Quayle, becomes ever more the white knight, superb and incorruptible in his quest.
  • Of course, when you are a blonde bombshell, there are bound to be white knights coming out of the old-world woodwork.
  • Like nurses they are white knights in a society over-dominated by people obsessed purely with their own needs.
1.1A person or company making an acceptable counteroffer for a company facing a hostile takeover bid.
Example sentences
  • Britain's biggest bank, HSBC, is being pressed to act as a white knight by Abbey shareholders unhappy at the £8 billion takeover by Banco Santander Central Hispano of Spain.
  • He stepped into a takeover battle as a white knight and emerged as majority owner of an old and underperforming mine in Ontario.
  • A potential acquirer who outbids a white knight in an unfriendly takeover attempt.

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