Definition of the white cliffs of Dover noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the white cliffs of Dover

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the tall chalk cliffs on the south-eastern coast of England, around the port of Dover. They can be seen from several miles away at sea, so they are the first part of England that people see as they approach Dover by ship. To many British people in other countries, they represent the idea of going home. One of the most popular songs of World War II, sung by Vera Lynn, begins with the lines:
There'll be bluebirds overThe white cliffs of DoverTomorrow, just you wait and see.