white knight


Definition of white knight

1 : one that comes to the rescue of another especially : a corporation invited to buy out a second corporation in order to prevent an undesired takeover by a third
2 : one that champions a cause

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Examples of white knight in a Sentence

a deserving cause in need of a charismatic white knight who will galvanize public support
Recent Examples on the Web Pride himself goes from self-certain white knight to a man questioning his privilege. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 25 May 2021 Among the cheekiest flourishes, a corporate white knight enters the picture in the form of a tech company known as Grumbl. Brian Lowry, CNN, 20 May 2021 That makes Evergrande’s EV unit, with its fundraising potential, a potential white knight for Mr. Xu’s business empire. Trefor Moss, WSJ, 19 May 2021 This time around, YRC’s white knight could be the federal government. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, 18 June 2020 Unizo looked for white knights to come to its rescue. Shuli Ren | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2019 Extra bases As white knights go, Steve Cohen has a few bruises. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Dec. 2019 Yet if there is consensus around the high priority of finding the strongest candidate to take on Mr. Trump, there is less agreement among rank-and-file voters that the party needs a white knight to enter the race and rescue them. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2019 O’Neill’s 20-year investigation reads like a thriller with overtones of Philip Marlowe and Lew Archer: its narrator cast as a white knight truth-seeker probing cold corruption amid sunlit glare. Stephen Phillips, latimes.com, 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of white knight

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of white knight was in 1628

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30 May 2021

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“White knight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20knight. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of white knight

: someone or something that rescues or saves another person or thing from a bad situation especially : a company that buys a second company in order to prevent it from being taken over by a third company

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Legal Definition of white knight

: a party (as a corporation) invited to take over a corporation and thereby prevent its acquisition by another — compare raider

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