rescue mission

noun

Definition of rescue mission

: a city religious mission seeking to convert and rehabilitate the down-and-out

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To save them, Egypt sponsored a massive international effort to launch the most complex archaeological rescue mission of all time: to move entire sites to higher ground. Esther Pons, National Geographic, "Epic engineering rescued colossal ancient Egyptian temples from floodwaters," 17 July 2019 Inspired by true-life rescue missions, the film follows a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians who used a deserted resort in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel in the early 1980s. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Chris Evans (and his beard) are on a mission in The Red Sea Diving Resort trailer," 16 July 2019 There was no rescue mission, no jut-jawed stoicism, no swooping vigilante. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution," 7 June 2019 After a successful rescue mission, Desplinter and Wallace were taken to Mt. Baldy Station to undergo medical evaluation. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Why You Should Always Pack a LifeStraw," 14 Apr. 2019 Stein learned about her death on social media after hearing the rescue mission had been called off by California officials. Jordan Frias, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. woman who died in Calif. boat fire remembered for her love of life," 5 Sep. 2019 Some 30 countries formed national committees—made up of researchers, archaeologists, historians, engineers, and architects—to carry out the rescue mission. Esther Pons, National Geographic, "Epic engineering rescued colossal ancient Egyptian temples from floodwaters," 17 July 2019 In Germany, for instance, thousands took to the streets in several cities last weekend to express support for the rescue missions. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "On migration, Europe can’t claim the moral high ground," 9 July 2019 Their elections, however, feel less like a triumphant return and more like a rescue mission. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Return to Leadership Roles in Tennis," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rescue mission

1879, in the meaning defined above

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