white as a sheet

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*white as a sheet

 and *white as a ghost; *white as snow; *white as the driven snow
[of someone] extremely pale, as if frightened. (*Also: as ~.) Marilyn turned as white as a sheet when the policeman told her that her son had been in a car wreck. Did something scare you? You're white as a sheet! Jane made up the bed with her best linen sheets, which are always as white as snow. We have a new kitten whose fur is white as the driven snow.
See also: sheet, white

white as a sheet

Very pale in the face, as in She was white as a sheet after that near encounter. This simile, dating from about 1600, survives despite the fact that bedsheets now come in all colors.
See also: sheet, white

white as a sheet


white as a ghost

If someone looks as white as a sheet or as white as a ghost, they look very pale because they are frightened, shocked or ill. When I saw him his face was as white as a sheet and he was crying. She was as white as a ghost and trembling all over.
See also: sheet, white

(as) ˌwhite as a ˈsheet/ˈghost

(informal) very pale in the face, because of illness, fear or shock: She went as white as a sheet when she heard the news.
See also: ghost, sheet, white
References in classic literature ?
Winnie lowered the window, and put her head out, white as a ghost.
And this was the phantom's mother consumed with grief and white as a ghost.