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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

white knight

1. One who saves another person from harm or a difficult situation. I don't remember much from the accident, but I am forever grateful to the white knight who freed me from my car. When Sally came to help with the kids when I was in the hospital, she really was our white night.
2. A person or company that purchases, or gives money to, another company that is in financial distress or about to be acquired by a third party. We all thought we were going to lose our jobs, but then a white knight purchased the company and saved it from bankruptcy.
See also: knight, white


1. The act of staying up all night to complete an activity, usually some kind of academic project. I'm going to have to pull an all-nighter if I'm going to get this term paper done in time for school tomorrow.
2. An establishment that remains open all night. Kyle and Amanda stopped at an all-nighter for a snack after the concert.
3. One who stays awake all night. Jess is a total all-nighter, so that third-shift job is perfect for her.

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


1. n. something that lasts all night, like a party or study session. After an all-nighter studying, I couldn’t keep my eyes open for the test.
2. n. a place of business that is open all night. We stopped at an all-nighter for a cup of coffee.
3. n. a person who often stays up all night. I’m no all-nighter. I need my beauty sleep, for sure.

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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David Jones, the MP for Clwyd West who knew Cllr Knightly for "very many years", said he had borne his illness with "huge bravery".
Knightly has been living in the country with her now husband, commuting out of the country to work.
Knightly regularly throws client appreciation events, sometimes even hosting summer parties at his personal lake house.
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He's a crafty lefty, and he pitched a good game," said Amherst pitcher Ben Petrides, who noted that manager Dave Knightly told his team to just try to make contact and look for singles.
The Birmingham Post teamed up with O2 to offer five lucky readers the chance to each win a pair of tickets for an exclusive regional premiere of the film on May 23, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom.
Knightly and Li, who are not further identified, offer a reference to and proof of the Eichler-Selberg trace formula for the traces of Hecke operators on spaces of holomorphic cusp forms of weight k > 2 for congruent subgroups of SL2 (A).
A young squire and his cousin have their destinies transformed forever when they observe a knightly contest for possession of the Magic Ring.
Sir Gawin And The Green Knight And The Order Of The Garter by Francis Ingledew (Associate Professor, School of English, Philosophy, and Humanities, Fairleigh Dickinson University) is a scholarly assessment of the Arthurian poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and its relationship to the medieval chivalric ideology that became ritualized in the "Order of the Garter" and other European knightly orders of the period.
Already a talking point in celebrity circles, it also includes interviews with stars such as Halle Berry and Keira Knightly as well as its hugely popular At Home With.
mostly helps people in a knightly way by using his imagination and not his physical prowess--really he isn't a trained fighter.
Traditional knightly culture was crumbling under the impact of state-building, but the Count was not yet bound into the civilized sociability of emerging court society.
BIRTHDAY girl Keira Knightly had a spring in her step as she took a stroll with boyfriend Jamie Dornan yesterday.