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 ?
There may be honey- pots hid in these rocks, and I am a beast, you know, that has a hankering for the sweets.