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White as a sheet vs White as snow

white as a sheetvery pale, usually because of illness, shock or fear:

  • He must have done a pretty good imitation of a gangster because the guy’s face turned white as a sheet.

white as snowis said of very pure white color:

  • Anne walked with him to the house up the brook, over a field that was as white as snow with daisies.

Note: Neither expression correlates in meaning with the phrase whiter than whitesaid of a good and righteous man:

  • Having come to power promising to be “whiter than white,” Blair’s government may find it difficult to redeem its once spotless reputation.