a knight in shining armour

knight in shining armor

A selfless, chivalrous man who helps a woman in distress. When the police officer pulled over to help the old woman change her flat tire, she hugged him and said he was her knight in shining armor.
See also: armor, knight, shine

a knight in shining armour

If you describe a man as a knight in shining armour, you mean that he has rescued you from a difficult situation, often in a kind and brave way. Note: `Armour' is spelled `armor' in American English. I just felt dizzy and then I collapsed. The next thing I woke up in hospital. I am very, very grateful to Tom and I always will be — he really was my knight in shining armour. She found a surprising knight in shining armor in her company's attorney, who rode in to save her job, rescue her love life and give her a place to live. Note: In stories written or set in the Middle Ages, a knight in shining armour traditionally came to the rescue of a `damsel (= young woman) in distress'.
See also: armour, knight, shine

a knight in shining armour

an idealized or heroic person, especially a man who comes to the rescue of a woman in distress or in a difficult situation.
This expression, a variant of which is a knight on a white charger , is often used ironically of someone who presents himself in this guise but is in fact inadequate to the role. Compare with a white knight (at white).
See also: armour, knight, shine

a knight in shining ˈarmour

(British English) (American English a knight in shining ˈarmor) (usually humorous) a man who arrives to help you when you are in trouble or danger: My car broke down at the roundabout. Luckily, a knight in shining armour stopped to help me.
See also: armour, knight, shine
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A KNIGHT in shining armour was publicly unveiled at the Caerleon Arts Festival and International Sculpture Symposium yesterday, as the event came to an end.
Sir Clive Woodward may have been a knight in shining armour to the upper crust of English rugby but we have enough gobsh*tes of our own without adopting one from another code - so my advice to Harry is tell the knight to get knotted.
We need a knight in shining armour to ride to the rescue and that knight is most likely to be a big off-course bookmaker.
A knight in shining armour yesterday launched a pounds 250,000 scheme which has seen safety features and passenger information improved at the busy Olton rail station interchange.
A KNIGHT in shining armour has lost a bitter court feud with a pub landlord.
Actually, don't hold your breath on that because it looks as if the trip will give Sir John Bullock a chance to reveal his true colours; thankfully, Rose does find a knight in shining armour - albeit from an unexpected source.
At the end of the day he was acting as a knight in shining armour coming to the aid of the women and children in the shop.
NORTHERN Rock could become a knight in shining armour for first-time buyers.
A knight in shining armour brought the spirit of panto to Newcastle.
Because you've been independent for so long, I don't know if you would allow a knight in shining armour to take the lead.
Aleksandra's impressed, saying: "It's not every day you get picked up by a knight in shining armour - even if I didn't really need rescuing.
A knight in shining armour has brought some romance to Gateshead's MetroCentre after arriving to propose to his girlfriend.
A theatre company in Yarm has found a knight in shining armour to help them solve a costume crisis.
And just in case there were too many fellas jockeying for position to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous 25-year-old, the owner of Heart & Soul clothing Eamonn Downey was on hand as a knight in shining armour.
Dirty Des Barnes is to become a knight in shining armour.