white knuckler

white-knuckler

slang A situation, experience, event, etc., that is marked or characterized by intense fear, anxiety, or stress. The last quarter of the game was a real white-knuckler, with the home team defending a two-point advantage against an offensive onslaught by their opponents. Driving so close to the edge of the cliff was a white-knuckler, to be sure.

white knuckler

1. n. a tense and nervous person. You white knucklers are just going to have to relax.
2. n. a suspenseful event, such as an exciting movie or a rough airplane flight. The movie was a real white knuckler.
See also: knuckler, white
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"This issue is likely to be a white knuckler that will go down to the wire," Danin said.
When one thinks disorientation, it's by and large assumed to be a known issue, the sort-of white knuckler that makes your heart race.
Dean's stellar, fully voiced performance turns a good story into a "white knuckler." He handles male and female voices as well as foreign accents with ease and makes the action scenes come alive.
With height restrictions of at least 1.4m for white knucklers Air and Nemesis, Holly, who comes in at 1.3m tall, was delighted she made the 1.2m cut for The Corkscrew.