white-knuckle

adjective
white-knuck·​le | \ ˈhwīt-ˈnə-kəl How to pronounce white-knuckle (audio) , ˈwīt-\
variants: or less commonly white-knuckled \ ˈhwīt-​ˈnə-​kəld How to pronounce white-knuckled (audio) , ˈwīt-​ \

Definition of white-knuckle

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

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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white-knuckle

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of white-knuckle

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

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