Share this entry

Share this page

Dunkirk spirit

Line breaks: Dun|kirk spirit

Definition of Dunkirk spirit in English:


Stoicism and determination in a difficult or dangerous situation, especially as displayed by a group of people: Yorkshire flood victims showed the Dunkirk spirit as they battled the rising water
More example sentences
  • Now is the time for the British to rediscover the Dunkirk spirit, the stiff upper lip.
  • Come Saturday, he will be hoping some old-fashioned Dunkirk spirit can put him back in yellow.
  • He is not comfortable with talk of the Dunkirk spirit being resurrected in the wake of the London bombings.

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coxcomb
Pronunciation: ˈkɒkskəʊm
a vain and conceited man; a dandy