(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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He said: "I thought it would show some bulldog, Dunkirk spirit if I got my swimming trunks on and stuck two fingers up at Storm Desmond.
I've dined out since 2009 on my small part in England's remarkable Dunkirk spirit moral victory, led by Paul Collingwood hanging in there for hours on end on the nal day.
I witnessed teachers and staff from St Christopher's going well above and beyond the call of duty in true Dunkirk spirit (but not in retreat, I might add) to ensure that students could negotiate the heavily-flooded entrance of the school and get into the school.
IT warms the heart to see the people of my home town showing the Dunkirk spirit in the face of the devastating floods.
If they went 3-0 down to the Germans he could jet them off to Dover, where they could gaze out to the French coast and summon S up some Dunkirk spirit .
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.
I think a lot of teams would have packed up, but we have the Dunkirk spirit.
And a bit of Dunkirk spirit was just what was required.
There was a wonderful Dunkirk spirit in our village," she said.
Call it what you will, the Dunkirk spirit, unity through adversity or David Cameron's Big Society, armies of volunteers did their towns proud.
IT makes you proud to be a Scouser after seeing the Dunkirk spirit shown by the barge owners in the Salthouse Dock after the unfortunate Yellow Duckmarine incident.
WE tend to think of that famous Dunkirk spirit during the war as being something that was exclusively for the adults.
In these difficult days, the music was, on the whole, geared towards encouraging emotions of determination, inspiration and a kind of Dunkirk spirit to see thing through to the end.