Synonyms for dunkirk
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- 1. Dunkirk, crisis
- usage: 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"
- 2. Dunkirk, Dunkerque
- usage: a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
- 3. Dunkirk, Dunkerque
- usage: 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