1. [ 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"

Related terms: crisis
2. [ noun ] (military,government,geography) a city in northern France on the North Sea where in World War II (1940) 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches at Dunkirk in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
Synonyms: Dunkerque
Related terms: city evacuation amphibious_operation France World_War_II France
Similar spelling:   Dunker