(the) Dunkirk spirit

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(the) Dunkirk spirit

An attitude of strength, determination, and camaraderie, especially by the British people as a whole, during a difficult and adverse time or situation. Refers to the evacuation of allied troops from Dunkirk, France, carried out by several civilian boats during World War II. Primarily heard in UK. Our country faces the worst economic crises in decades, but I remain confident that, with a bit of the Dunkirk spirit, we can come out of this stronger than ever.
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That show of bravery and solidarity is still spoken of today as "the Dunkirk spirit," which Nolan presents beautifully in this simply astonishing cinematic achievement.
BARGE HOME HAS DUNKIRK SPIRIT Dunkirk, this year's blockbuster about the rescue of hundreds of thousands of British troops from a beach in France was a critical and commercial hit.
This spectacular Second World War action epic is a 21-gun salute to the Dunkirk spirit.
DUNKIRK SPIRIT Harry starred in war movie ONE Direction star Harry Styles made his acting debut in this year's hit war film Dunkirk - inspired by his great-greatgrandfather, a hero from World War One.
The "miracle" happened, of course; most of the soldiers were rescued, the Dunkirk spirit most apparent in the hundreds of 'little ships' (a flotilla of non-military craft, some volunteered, others pressed into service) which played a major role in the evacuation -- but the film doesn't really build to this, the flotilla kind of appearing in the distance without any Spielbergian catharsis.
Yet, the Dunkirk spirit became an emblem of Britain's national character - a metaphor for plucky survival against insuperable odds, and a benchmark for resilience.
An immersive, emotional masterpiece and a 21-gun salute to the Dunkirk spirit.
The Dunkirk spirit still survives - like in 1940 Britain stands alone against the domination of Europe
Muttley salutes the Dunkirk spirit of the Plough Lane faithful.
And when natural disasters strike we pull together with typical Dunkirk spirit.
IT warms the heart to see the people of my home town showing the Dunkirk spirit in the face of the devastating floods.
It is the Dunkirk spirit and they are making the best of the situation," he said.
Sir Richard added: "It's very much the Dunkirk Spirit here.
And a bit of Dunkirk spirit was just what was required.