white–knuckle

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adjective white–knuck·le \ˈhwīt-ˈnə-kəl, ˈwīt-\
variants: or less commonly

white–knuckled

play \ˈhwīt-ˈnə-kəld, ˈwīt-\

Definition of white–knuckle

  1. :  marked by, causing, or experiencing tense nervousness a white–knuckle ride on a roller coaster a white–knuckle passenger

1872

First Known Use of white–knuckle

1872


WHITE–KNUCKLE Defined for English Language Learners

white–knuckle

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adjective white–knuck·le \ˈhwīt-ˈnə-kəl, ˈwīt-\

Definition of white–knuckle for English Language Learners

  • : showing, experiencing, or causing very strong feelings of fear, anxiety, etc.

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