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Dunkirk

noun Dun·kirk \ˈdən-ˌkərk, ˌdən-ˈ\

Definition of DUNKIRK

1
:  a retreat to avoid total defeat
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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