(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.
See also: spirit
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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.
THOUSANDS of patriotic Brummies showed the Dunkirk spirit by braving torrential rain to stage dozens of Diamond Jubilee street parties yesterday.
But the Dunkirk spirit certainly shone through over the weekend and will no doubt do the same over the next day or two.
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.
It's all about bulldogs, the Dunkirk spirit, and Winston Churchill making a two-fingered sign which, copied by a yob, would mean something entirely different and hugely offensive.
Today, we still talk of the Dunkirk spirit - and on Teesside we showed plenty of it.
We must once again muster the Dunkirk spirit and make our voices effective.
COVENTRY Rugby Club will summon up the Dunkirk spirit when they take on Bedford Blues at the Ricoh Arena tonight.
I hope there is are alisation among the players that we are in this together and I am also hoping there will be a bit of the Dunkirk spirit to get us through.
But Karen said the Dunkirk spirit kept her and fellow British holiday-makers going.
But despite the Dunkirk spirit, 60% of those questioned think their company piles excessive demands on them.
Throughout the run, they aim to reignite the Dunkirk spirit by inspiring people to provide daily homedelivered food to their elderly neighbours.