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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

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
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English to hanker is evidently one of these many words, and it is not in the index verborum (214-23).
You can hanker after some of the values, the sense of community and the simplicity that life presented you with.
Starved of jokes and slathered in sentiment, Grown Ups is a soul-destroying exercise in the mundane about a group of 40-somethings who hanker for a return to the carefree days of the past.
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