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Pearl Harbor

a harbor near Honolulu, on S Oahu, in Hawaii: surprise attack by Japan on the U.S. naval base and other military installations December 7, 1941.
any significant or crippling defeat, betrayal, loss, etc., that comes unexpectedly. Unabridged
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  • It may be, though, that only your carrier will stop at Pearl Harbor.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • There's plenty of time to beat the carrier force to Pearl Harbor.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Why you've accomplished in a day what I haven't been able to do since the time of Pearl Harbor.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • He said, "It's daring somebody to try another Pearl Harbor?"

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • We had one Pearl Harbor--let's not get caught off guard again.

British Dictionary definitions for Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

an almost landlocked inlet of the Pacific on the S coast of the island of Oahu, Hawaii: site of a US naval base attacked by the Japanese in 1941, resulting in the US entry into World War II
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Pearl Harbor in Culture

Pearl Harbor definition

A major United States naval base in Hawaii that was attacked without warning by the Japanese air force on December 7, 1941, with great loss of American lives and ships. In asking Congress to declare war on Japan the next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt described the day of the attack as “a date which will live in infamy.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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