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hunger after something

Fig. to crave for something, not necessarily food. I hunger after some old-fashioned gospel music. Mary hungered after something fattening, such as ice cream or even a baked potato with sour cream.
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hunger for someone or something

to desire someone or something; to yearn for someone or something. I hunger for you. I want you madly. He looked at the cake and you could see he was hungering for it. The prisoner was consumed with a hunger for freedom.
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Hunger is the best sauce.

Prov. Everything tastes especially good when you are hungry, because you are so eager to eat it. After our twenty-mile hike, we stopped at a little roadside restaurant. It may have been that they made the most delicious food in the world there, or it may have been that hunger was the best sauce.
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(strictly) from hunger

Sl. very mediocre; acceptable only when nothing else is available. This kind of entertainment is from hunger. The singer was strictly from hunger.
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(strictly) from hunger

mod. very strange; acceptable only when nothing else is available. The singer was strictly from hunger.
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And driving his ass before him he begged his master to follow, who, feeling that Sancho was right, did so without replying; and after proceeding some little distance between two hills they found themselves in a wide and retired valley, where they alighted, and Sancho unloaded his beast, and stretched upon the green grass, with hunger for sauce, they breakfasted, dined, lunched, and supped all at once, satisfying their appetites with more than one store of cold meat which the dead man's clerical gentlemen (who seldom put themselves on short allowance) had brought with them on their sumpter mule.
The smell of the roasting flesh increased his hunger, and his hunger silenced his heart, his courage, and his love.
I am he whom you sold and dishonored -- I am he whose betrothed you prostituted -- I am he upon whom you trampled that you might raise yourself to fortune -- I am he whose father you condemned to die of hunger -- I am he whom you also condemned to starvation, and who yet forgives you, because he hopes to be forgiven -- I am Edmond Dantes
Again, with the hunger madness of a wild beast, I sprang forward to seize those tempting dishes; but, as before, the light went out and I came to a sudden stop against a hard wall.
For several hours Tarzan lolled upon his swaying, leafy couch until once again hunger and thirst suggested an excursion.
And then, at last, one hot midday, dizzy with hunger, we gained the divide.
On occasion, in a casual sort of way, when she thought hunger pinched hardest, she would send him in a loaf of new baking, awkwardly covering the act with banter to the effect that it was better than he could bake.
Famine came again, and the cub with clearer consciousness knew once more the bite of hunger.
When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.
Yet God Can satisfy that need some other way, Though hunger still remain.
The sharp rocks cut through his pants' legs till his knees left a trail of blood; but the hurt was lost in the hurt of his hunger.
If ye do not run quickly to your work," he cried, "you will receive no wage; and if ye die of hunger, who will care.
Suppose that a man thinks he has done a wrong to another, the nobler he is the less able is he to feel indignant at any suffering, such as hunger, or cold, or any other pain which the injured person may inflict upon him--these he deems to be just, and, as I say, his anger refuses to be excited by them.
She took the little maiden, on her arm, and both flew in brightness and in joy so high, so very high, and then above was neither cold, nor hunger, nor anxiety--they were with God.
They slunk away a few yards and squatted upon their haunches, hatred and baffled hunger gleaming from their savage eyes.
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