Definition of white-knuckle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌ(h)wītˈnək(ə)l/


(Especially of a vehicle, boat, or airplane ride) causing excitement or tension.
Example sentences
  • As a result, the simple roundabout - a peculiarly British invention that works on the principle of courtesy - has become a white-knuckle ride of fear.
  • The park's new white-knuckle ride, the Cliff Hanger, has been the centre of a row in recent months because of its colour scheme.
  • Once he has entered into his position, the white-knuckle ride and nail biting begins.


1970s: with reference to the effect caused by gripping tightly to steady oneself.

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Syllabification: white-knuck·le

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