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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

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 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

a white knight

someone who gives money to a company in order to prevent it from being bought by another company Hope is fading that a white knight will appear to stop the takeover bid.
See also: knight, white

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