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Dunkirk

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noun Dun·kirk \ˈdən-ˌkərk, ˌdən-ˈ\

Definition of Dunkirk

  1. 1 :  a retreat to avoid total defeat

  2. 2 :  a crisis situation that requires a desperate last effort to forestall certain failure <a Dunkirk for United States foreign policy — Time>



Examples of dunkirk

  1. <with the company facing a financial Dunkirk, it was hoped that the new CEO could turn things around—and fast>



Origin of dunkirk

Dunkirk or Dunkerque, France, scene of the evacuation of Allied forces in 1940


First Known Use: 1941


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