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on a hunch

With or based on a strong intuition (about something), rather than absolute knowledge. I opened the cabinet underneath the sink on a hunch that we'd find the keys there. On a hunch, I'd say that the president is likely to veto the bill.
See also: hunch, on

play a hunch

To make a decision based on instinct, intuition, or an educated guess. The detective played a hunch and went to investigate the warehouse by the docks. Sure enough, that's where he found the stolen goods. There's no penalty for guessing, so if you're not positive which answer is correct, just play a hunch and don't second-guess yourself too much.
See also: hunch, play

play (one's) hunch

To make a decision based on instinct, intuition, or an educated guess. The detective played his hunch and went to investigate the warehouse by the docks. Sure enough, that's where he found the stolen goods. There's no penalty for guessing, so if you're not positive which answer is correct, just play your hunch and don't second-guess yourself too much.
See also: hunch, play

have a hunch (that something is the case)

 and have a hunch about something
to have an idea about what did, will, or should happen; to have a feeling that something will or should happen. I had a hunch that you would be here when I arrived. I have a hunch about the way things will happen.
See also: have, hunch

hunch over

[for someone] to bend over. The wounded man hunched over and staggered to the window. He was hunched over with pain.
See also: hunch, over

hunch something up

to raise up or lift up some body part, usually the shoulders. He hunched his shoulders up in his effort to get warm. He hunched up his shoulders to keep warm.
See also: hunch, up

hunch up

to squeeze or pull the parts of one's body together. He hunched up in a corner to keep warm. Why is that child hunched up in the corner?
See also: hunch, up

play a (or your) hunch

make an instinctive choice.
See also: hunch, play
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Hilariously performed by three hunched and preening men, they cavort awkwardly throughout two acts, turning up in dreams and nightmares.
But they were made famous by a cartoon beagle perched atop his doghouse, hunched over a typewriter.
The company sometimes moves with hunched shoulders, sometimes with feet dragging, sometimes on knees or hopping awkwardly on all fours.
Sprague scored and Brown, realizing his mistake, hunched over behind the mound.
Inching her way from the wings, blank face turned to the audience, spine hunched in an arc, she spelled out the very definition of "abject" and made it an indelible image.
Sometimes Miller makes her dancers stretch tall, like curious prairie dogs: knees slightly bent, shoulders hunched, and heads high and alert.
Pohlmeier, who has sat hunched in a wheelchair wearing a headset hearing aid throughout the trial, showed little emotion during the reading of the verdict.