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the Dunkirk spirit

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noun the Dunkirk spirit pronunciation in British English /ˌdʌnkɜː(r)k ˈspɪrɪt/
 
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From the brave attitude of people who went in small boats from England to Dunkirk, on the French coast, to rescue soldiers from the German army during the Second World War.
 

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