Captain Kirk

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From a character in Star Trek, 1960s science-fiction TV series.


Captain Kirk (plural Captain Kirks)

  1. A heroic person, particularly one with exaggerated bravery and leadership characteristics.
    • 1983, Nena, 99 Luftballons.
      Everyone's a superhero. Everyone's a Captain Kirk.
    • 1999, Peter D. Hershock, Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age, page 90:
      There may be times when he is undone by his genius and it is the emotion-rich perspective of a Captain Kirk that finally saves the day, but this is the "mystery of being human."
    • 2003, Dan A. Kimball, The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations:
      Whatever the crisis may be, Captain Kirk is always at the helm making the decisions.
    • 2004, Liam Bracken, Exit Only, page 58:
      Flight engineer is not exactly a Captain Kirk position, either. But so what?