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  • 1(Especially of a fairground ride) causing extreme excitement or fear.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 (also white-knuckled) Displaying or characterized by extreme excitement or fear: a succession of white-knuckled passengers got out of the plane
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    • The driver was getting white-knuckled and agitated.
    • A couple of white-knuckled tourists, fearfully working their way up the cables, stare in amazement as he saunters past.
    • But then I tuned in one time and my white-knuckled fingers never let go.


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

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