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Definition of the verb hunker down

What does hunker down mean as a doing phrase?


  1. sit on one's heels
  2. take shelter
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic terms: hide / hide out = be or go into hiding
  3. hold stubbornly to a position

Alternative definition of the verb hunker down


  1. [idiomatic] To take shelter; to prepare oneself for some eventuality; to focus on a task.
  2. [idiomatic] To stubbornly hold to a position.

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Google previewHoustorian Dictionary, The: An Insider's Index to Houston (2015)

by James Glassman

HUnker doWn During a HUrrICane, this is the alternative to evacuation. Also known as “shelter-in-place.” The term was popularized during the slow approach of HUrrICane Ike in 2008. HUnTIngTon, THe Swanky, residential high-rise on Kirby ...

Google previewDictionary of Americanisms, Briticisms, Canadianisms and Australianisms (2010)

by V.S. Matyushenkov

,UStroops hunker down for Christmas inthe desert. USA Today. hunky Am. col. derog. a foreigner, esp. a Hungarian, Slavic or Baltic labourer: there were a few hunkies inthepatch–J.O'Hara. hunt/ InBritaintogo hunting normally means ...

Google previewEtymologicon universale; or, Universal etymological dictionary: on a new plan (1822)

by Walter Whiter

knees," and "To Hunker down, To ...

Google previewThe Everything Large-Print Crossword Dictionary (2010)

Finding a solution has never been easier! by Charles Timmerman

lusts Hungry 5 unfed Hungry for more4avid Hunk 3 gob 4 slab 6 adonis 10 studmuffin Hunker down 5 squat Hunkydory 3aok4 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (2011)

by Linda E. Swayne, Mark Dodds

A second is to “hunker down” and avoid spending money in the local economy while the event is happening. A third is to “skedaddle” and leave town during the event, thereby spending money in another city. Only the first would contribute new ...

Google previewCambridge Academic Content Dictionary Reference Book with CD-ROM (2008)

by Cambridge University Press

To hunker down is also to be prepared to stay in a particular place or situation for as long as necessary, esp. for protection or to achieve something: We hunkered down in the cellar while the storm raged outside. 0 Members of Congress were ...

Google previewChambers School Dictionary

as a protest hungover adjective suffering from a hangover hungry adjective wanting or needing food □ hungrily adverb hunk noioi, informal a muscular, sexually attractive man hunker verb: hunker down to squat hunt verb 1 to chase animals ...

Google previewDictionary of the Alabama Language (1993)

by Cora Sylestine, Heather K. Hardy, Timothy Montler

to squat, crouch down, hunker down (of one) *-LI (choköochi, — —) [fgr; /chokoo-li; Irr: PclStem=chikika; PIStem=chiika] KYok chinchokookamoolo yon choköoli.

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I'm not sure whether Los Angeles borders on the ocean or on oblivion. I always feel that I'm two steps away from the other side when I'm out there. It's more like a vacation place or a place to visit than a place to hunker down. (Jeffrey Wright)
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