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English noun: Dunkirk

1. Dunkirk (state) a crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat


SamplesThe Russians had to pull off a Dunkirk to get out of there.


Broader (hypernym)crisis

2. Dunkirk (location) a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II


SynonymsDunkerque


Instance hypernymport, town

3. Dunkirk (act) 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


SynonymsDunkerque


Instance hypernymamphibious operation, evacuation


Part meronymSecond World War, World War 2, World War II


Domain regionFrance, French Republic









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