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 may miss out on his chance to hold a world record - all because of a simple mistake by his best friend.
And watch out for a knight in shining armour moment for Mandy - although far be it for me to say who the knight is and whether she will skip off into the sunset with said knight or clobber him over the head with her handbag.
A KNIGHT in shining armour will be greeted by an army of junior dragons in Wrexham.
FAIRYTALE magic was sprinkled over Teesside as a knight in shining armour on horseback proposed to his love.
If you're a romantic like me, and every girl I know is, every girl wants to be swept off her feet by a knight in shining armour," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
The metre however is much freer but with this freedom comes stumbles of verbiage such as: "And here we reside where all our dreams come true your dream of a Knight in shining armour coming to your rescue / And my dream that has come true of being that Knight in shining armour that comes to rescue you.
A knight in shining armour marries his fair maiden and they live happily ever after.
You say you're still waiting for a knight in shining armour, but all relationships require compromise.
Our hero had no idea who she was and had never heard of Calendar Girls but he was still a knight in shining armour.
Adrian Durkin, exhbitions officer at Dudley Museum & Art Gallery, will be a knight in shining armour on April 26.
HE'S not everyone's idea of a knight in shining armour.
AS WELL as an abundance of castles where children can learn what it was like to be a knight in shining armour, the Rhine Valley is filled with museums and other attractions that would appeal to youngsters.
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.
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.