Definition of Dunkirk spirit in English:

Dunkirk spirit

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noun

British
  • 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
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    • 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.

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