have a hankering for (something)

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have a hankering for (something)

To have a very strong, persistent desire or craving for something. I've been having a hankering for sushi ever since I came back from Tokyo last month. The former heavyweight champion has had a hankering for a chance to reclaim her title.
See also: hanker, have
References in classic literature ?
Perhaps Dobbin's foolish soul revolted against that exercise of tyranny; or perhaps he had a hankering feeling of revenge in his mind, and longed to measure himself against that splendid bully and tyrant, who had all the glory, pride, pomp, circumstance, banners flying, drums beating, guards saluting, in the place.
But there was one yet--the biggest, the most blank, so to speak--that I had a hankering after.
Here's one of his: I had a hankering after a a pint so I went into a pub and said "I'll have a pint and a hankering please.
Have you had a hankering to pick up a rod and reel?