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 U.S. foreign policy — Time

Examples of dunkirk in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of dunkirk

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


First Known Use: 1941



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