Dunkirk

Primary Meanings of Dunkirk

1.
n
a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
2.
n
an amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
Full Definitions of Dunkirk
1

n a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II

Synonyms:
Dunkerque
Example of:
port
a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country
town
an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city
2

n an amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire

Synonyms:
Dunkerque
Example of:
evacuation
the act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion; especially for protection
amphibious operation
a military operation by both land and sea forces

n a crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat

“the Russians had to pull off a Dunkirk to get out of there”
Type of:
crisis
an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

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