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    Question "White knight"?

    Hi,
    Is this term only used in financial cases? I'm looking for a word referring to a person who, like a hero, comes to help one in the nick of time.



    Thanks in advance again.

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    Re: "White knight"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    Is this term only used in financial cases? I'm looking for a word referring to a person who, like a hero, comes to help one in the nick of time.
    Well, imagine...

    You are going to be severely punished if you do not find the correct answer to a question about English within twelve hours; you post it in this forum, and nobody answers. Then, five minutes before the deadline, I post the answer you need. I am your white knight.

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    Re: "White knight"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    Is this term only used in financial cases? I'm looking for a word referring to a person who, like a hero, comes to help one in the nick of time.

    Not only there. For example:

    Sometimes, she did wish she was sixteen again. She'd been a normal girl, once. She'd dreamed of a white knight who would rescue her. Someone who would never hit her. Someone who would hold her close and tell her she was finally safe.
    The perfect husband/The other daughter by Lisa Gardner, 2008

    For more examples and better understanding see CORPORA: 45-410 million words each: free online access (just type "white knight" in the search box).

    "Deus ex machina" has a different but similar meaning.
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 29-Mar-2011 at 23:42. Reason: BobK :-)

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    Re: "White knight"?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Not only there. For example:

    The perfect husband/The other daughter by Lisa Gardner, 2008

    For more examples and better understanding see CORPORA: 45-410 million words each: free online access (just type "white knight" in the search box).



    "Deus et machina" has a different but similar meaning.
    ex, I'm afraid: Deus ex machina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: "White knight"?

    Corrected. Thank you.

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    Re: "White knight"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    Is this term only used in financial cases? I'm looking for a word referring to a person who, like a hero, comes to help one in the nick of time.

    Thanks in advance again.
    Batman? No, that's the Dark Knight.

    A white knight and/or a knight in shining armour (armor for AmE) come to the rescue of damsels in distress and various other people.

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