Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sneak attack, often using underhanded measures.
  • n. A seminal dramatic event that unites a community and arouses it into action against an enemy.
  • proper n. Deep water harbor on Oahu, Hawaii
  • proper n. US Navy base at the harbor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a harbor on Oahu to the west of Honolulu; location of a United States naval base that was attacked by the Japanese on 7 Dec 1941

Etymologies

From pearl + harbor (Wiktionary)
From the December 7, 1941, surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Pearl Harbor. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One is the catastrophic event model, which I call the Pearl Harbor model, where a dramatic event fundamentally changes how we think and behave.

    TreeHugger

  • The English language goes down the USS Arizona in this novel that envisions the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese point or view.

    2008 February 29 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • She is on my Heroines List: as Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke out, as the choking clouds of dust and debris from the collapsed towers was still hanging in the air, so did Jeanette Rankin speak while the name Pearl Harbor was on the front page of every newspaper.

    The WritingYA Weblog: Oh, And One More Thing...

  • And, of course, perhaps the most important is the Arizona wreckage at Pearl Harbor, which is really a very, very, very sensitive site, and very little well, it's just not touched at all anymore.

    Gettysburg, Ground Zero: Secular Sacred Spaces

  • I became known as the Pearl Harbor guy at Panasonic.

    From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor

  • Examples of the blow are rife in history: thus a Nanking, a Pearl Harbor, a kamikaze.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • Word on the street is that the oligarchy are preparing for a new 9/11 aka Pearl Harbor, this time much more horrific, something that will really get the public to hand over every last liberty they have and completely destroy the U.S. Constitution - a government under Dictatorial and Fascist Martial Law.

    Apple Moth Shows Astonishing Political Affinity In Government Gassing Program

  • You could, in a sense, enable -- name Pearl Harbor an act of anti anti-Japanese activity, in the sense it gave the Japanese a bit of a bad name.

    CNN Transcript Jan 31, 2008

  • Joyce Appleby: I think it will take its place along with Pearl Harbor, which is to say it will be very vivid in the memory.

    A Date With History

  • Then we got a little Sunday-afternoon radio announcement about something going on in a place called Pearl Harbor.

    Again to Carthage

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