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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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Blimey, just how negative is the footballing fraternity of this nation - talk about the Dunkirk spirit!
WE bandy the term "Dunkirk spirit" about a lot these days.
But they praised Mrs Holder for her 'Dunkirk spirit' after the freak lightning strike last night.
The October 31 cliff edge is portrayed by Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage as a chance to show we can thrive alone and display the old Dunkirk spirit. Instead it's the biggest imaginable act of self-harm, leading to recession and bankruptcies.
We hear people mention the Dunkirk Spirit but they forget that Dunkirk was not a victory.
He said: "Brexiteers may be trying to reinvent a 'Britain alone' Dunkirk spirit.
IN reply to Mr Christley calling on us all to invoke the "Dunkirk spirit" (WM letters, February 27) could I remind him that in his speech to the House of Commons following the evacuation, Churchill reminded the country that "we must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory.
Let us hope we still have the remnants of our Dunkirk Spirit to sweep away these crude attempts at sabotage!
Some might think it smacks of feeling that one has lost the argument and wants to cling on to an un-nuanced, and perhaps untenable decision, rashly made on the basis of what has turned out to be false and undeliverablepromises, distorted coverage of issues, and a romantic vision of 'Dunkirk spirit' Britain.
With the idea of Britain alone against the world again in the air, Nolan warned against "the Dunkirk spirit" being abused.
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.
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.
While technically a retreat, Dunkirk set the stage for Britain's later advance into Europe and became a symbol of Brit grit, the 'Dunkirk spirit.'