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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

chink in one's armor

Fig. a special weakness that provides a means for attacking or impressing someone otherwise invulnerable. (Alludes to an opening in a suit of armor that allows a weapon to penetrate.) Jane's insecurity is the chink in her armor. The boss seems mean, but the chink in his armor is that he is easily flattered.
See also: armor, chink

a knight in shining armor

someone who helps you when you are in a difficult situation She was looking for a knight in shining armor who might save her from her boring life.
Usage notes: usually said by a woman about a man
Etymology: in medieval times (500 to 1500 C.E.), knights were soldiers on horses who were also supposed to help and protect women
See also: armor, knight, shine

a chink in somebody's armour

  (British & Australian) also a chink in somebody's armor (American & Australian)
if someone or something which seems to be strong has a chink in their armour, they have a small fault which may cause them problems She's a brilliant businesswoman, but her lack of political awareness may be the chink in her armour.
See also: armour, chink

a knight in shining armour

  (British & Australian) also a knight in shining armor (American & Australian)
someone who helps you when you are in a difficult situation
Usage notes: In stories about medieval times (= the time between 500 and 1500 AD), knights were soldiers who rode on horses and helped women in difficult or dangerous situations.
She looked around the bar to see if there was a knight in shining armour who might come and save her from this awful man.
See also: armour, knight, shine

chink in one's armor

A vulnerable area, as in Putting things off to the last minute is the chink in Pat's armor and is bound to get her in trouble one day . This term relies on chink in the sense of "a crack or gap," a meaning dating from about 1400 and used figuratively since the mid-1600s.
See also: armor, chink

knight in shining armor

A rescuer or defender, as in What this political party needs is a knight in shining armor to change its tarnished image . This metaphoric expression alludes to a medieval knight. [Mid-1900s]
See also: armor, knight, shine

knight in shining armor

A wonderful guy. Fairy tales chronicled fair maidens in distress who were rescued at the last minute from dragons and ogres by a gallant knight in gleaming armor, where-upon they all lived happily ever after. Even if a young woman didn't view herself as a princess or consider herself in desperate straits, she still imagined herself being carried off by the man of her dreams, Prince Charming, a knight in shining armor.
See also: armor, knight, shine
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Two of the new armor systems make use of a proprietary ceramic technology and advanced composite lamination techniques to fabricate large, complex armor shapes.
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The company also sees significant opportunities to employ its armor products and technologies in non-military areas.
The program will focus on developing an advanced system by exploring and refining the potential synergy between Electro Magnetic Armor (EMA) and other armor technologies.
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NEW YORK -- Arotech Corporation (NasdaqNM: ARTX) announced today that its MDT Armor vehicle-armoring subsidiary has received orders in the US for armored Land Rover Defenders valued at $1 million.