MEANING: noun:
1. A desperate evacuation or retreat.
2. A crisis requiring drastic measures to avoid total disaster.

ETYMOLOGY: After Dunkirk (in French, Dunkerque), a seaport and town in northern France. In World War II, it was the site of evacuation of more than 330,000 Allied troops by sea while under German fire during May-June 1940. Earliest documented use: 1941.

DUNK IRE - anger at being shoved unexpectedly into the swimming pool

DUNG IRK - ..and clean up after your @#$$%& elephants!

DUN KIRK - when the Scottish church won't pay its bills