Definitions of Dunkirk
  1. noun
    a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
    synonyms: Dunkerque
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    a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country
    an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city
  2. noun
    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
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    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
  3. noun
    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”
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    an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty
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