hunker down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hunker down hold stubbornly to a position "The wife hunkered down and the husband's resistance began to break down"
    • v hunker down sit on one's heels "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting","The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"
    • v hunker down take shelter "During the sandstorm, they hunkered down in a small hut"
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Usage

In literature:

But the Infant had already made the sign, and we heard Imam Din hunker down on the floor: One gets little out of the East at attention.
"Actions and Reactions" by Rudyard Kipling
I could hear Mr. Wright talking about Bucktails and Hunkers below stairs and I could hear the peepers down in the marsh.
"The Light in the Clearing" by Irving Bacheller
I reckon ez how ye'd better hunker down and lie clost, you two.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
He hunkered down, brought out the first bulb tied fast to a blanket string.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
Shann reached the next room in line, hunkering down to see within it.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
The Disan hunkered down on his heels and watched them expressionlessly.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
He was checking his small trail pack on the fourth day after they had settled on the plateau when Buck and Jil-Lee hunkered down beside him.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
He was hunkered down behind some rocks at the crest, peering over them at the valley below.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
He hunkered down facing her and laid the bird before her.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
He hunkered down into the stream and soaked himself.
"The Thing in the Attic" by James Benjamin Blish
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In news:

Maine Service Bureau Hunkering Down, Two New Jersey CUs Announce Closures.
The Scroggins Clan is hunkering down for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious kind of day.
CHICAGO – I'm hunkered down at Midway Airport for a three-hour layover before flying on to Pittsburgh this afternoon.
Hotel guests hunker down to ride out Earl.
Alaskan troopers hunker down for almost two hours while waiting for the warrant - now they just have to serve it.
Logan Pehota hunkers down while waiting a ride up for his second lap.
Especially this time of year, when students are hunkered down for finals .
Folks plan to hunker down as Sandy brings snow, high wind to some areas.
John Wayne's statue at the airport seems to have hunkered down for a long wait for a cell-phone waiting lot.
' Hunker Down & Play Checkers'.
Storms offer opportunity to ' hunker down.
Evacuations ordered as residents hunker down .
Japanese Firms Hunker Down .
We're in " hunker-down phase".
Logan Pehota hunkers down while waiting a ride up for his second lap .
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