hanker after

hanker after someone or something

 and hanker for someone or something
Rur. to want someone or something; to long for someone or something. I hanker after a nice big beefsteak for dinner.
See also: after, hanker
References in classic literature ?
Some parents have entirely prohibited their children from tasting intoxicating liquors; but a parent's authority cannot last for ever; children are naturally prone to hanker after forbidden things; and a child, in such a case, would be likely to have a strong curiosity to taste, and try the effect of what has been so lauded and enjoyed by others, so strictly forbidden to himself - which curiosity would generally be gratified on the first convenient opportunity; and the restraint once broken, serious consequences might ensue.
I don't take to Sunday-school books, dontchuknow--I don't hanker after them when I can get pie--but I READ them, anyway, because whatever the old man tells me to do, that's the thing that I'm a-going to DO, or tear something, you know.
I don't know whether it is that I am built wrong, but I never did seem to hanker after tombstones myself.
Oh, I was never afraid of them, believe muh, but I didn't hanker after 'em.
While most may hanker after their youth in the fifties, more than three-quarters say they would much rather be pensioners today than then.
As it does, the future focus of consuming will be inside, rather than outside, so consumer will hanker after products, services and experiences that will develop their mind, body, heart and soul.