Dun·​kirk | \ ˈdən-ˌkərk How to pronounce Dunkirk (audio) , ˌdən-ˈkərk \

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 U.S. foreign policyTime

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

First Known Use of Dunkirk

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Dunkirk

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

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“Dunkirk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dunkirk. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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