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Feb 12, 2003
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Dunkirk

(DUN-kurk) Pronunciation

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

After Dunkirk (also 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.

"Nearly a month before he was named head of the Office of Management and Budget in early December, Stockman had at the instigation of Congressman Jack Kemp of New York prepared a report for Reagan called `Avoiding an Economic Dunkirk' that forecast dislocations in the credit and capital markets, a 1981 recession, soaring budget deficits and the collapse of monetary policy."
Lou Cannon; President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime; PublicAffairs; 2000.

"Humanity is now facing a sort of slow motion environmental Dunkirk. It remains to be seen whether civilization can avoid the perilous trap it has set for itself."
Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich; Brownlash: The New Environmental Anti-science; The Humanist (Washington DC); Nov 21, 1996.

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