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Definition 1: 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 - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for dunkirk in the sense of this definition

(dunkirk is an instance of ...) the act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion; especially for protection

(dunkirk is an instance of ...) a military operation by both land and sea forces

(... is part of dunkirk) a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945

(dunkirk belongs to a domain located in ...) a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe

Definition 2: a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for dunkirk in the sense of this definition

(dunkirk is an instance of ...) a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country

(dunkirk is an instance of ...) an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city

"they drive through town on their way to work"

Definition 3: a crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat - [noun denoting state]

Samples where dunkirk or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the Russians had to pull off a Dunkirk to get out of there

(dunkirk is a kind of ...) an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

"they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"

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