white knight

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Noun[edit]

white knight ‎(plural white knights)

  1. (business) An individual or corporation that intends to acquire another company in order to avert a hostile takeover.
  2. (fiction) a hero, savior, or righteous individual
  3. (figuratively, derogatory) Somebody who unnecessarily defends somebody else.

Verb[edit]

white knight ‎(third-person singular simple present white knights, present participle white knighting, simple past and past participle white knighted)

  1. (figuratively, derogatory) To unnecessarily defend somebody.

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