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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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You can hanker after some of the values, the sense of community and the simplicity that life presented you with.
To honour his memory, the 40-something male friends, who hanker for a return to their carefree days, head to New England for the funeral, reuniting for the first time in 30 years in the company of loved ones.
If ever you hanker for a more bucolic life and don't know where to start, grab this book.
I can't hanker you now; you'll have to wait for the handkerchief.
By the time the warrants were transferred to Taxpayer's affiliate, their value had increased substantially; nevertheless, the controlled corporation sold the warrants at the price the investment hanker had determined.
And if we hanker for travel in another dimension, if we've got our heart set on zipping off into the future or dropping back into the recent or Paleolithic past--what then?
Like all reactionaries, Gingrich and company hanker sentimentally after some romanticized period from the past when life was good, when "there was a clear sense of what it meant to be an American.
Mr Andrews may hanker for a return to quango government but the truth is that good schools are rooted in communities; they need to be locally accountable and have access to effective local support.
A planetarium is there too In other parts these things are few Famous people we have them all Most Liverpool lads can kick a ball So if you're born down Liverpool way You'll always hanker to return one day.
It's enough to make you hanker for the days before the rise of the celeb fitness DVD, when soap actors saw out the twilight of their careers treading the boards in panto in Swindon or settling for the odd bit-part in the Bill.
If you hanker after something gently rolling, slightly to the folky side of country and understated in its melodic simplicity than you may get something pleasurable from the London trio.
How their fans must hanker for the glory days of Jan Aage Fjortoft in his prime and John Moncur getting stamped on by Eric Cantona.
Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) hanker for a return to New York's Central Park Zoo.
I imagine he still hankers after another European Cup," said Robins, whose winning goal against Nottingham Forest in the 1990 FA Cup was widely believed to have kept Ferguson ( who celebrates 20 years in charge at Old Trafford today ( in his job.
Agnes, a vegetarian computer geek, hankers after blond, bored, "in-crowd" Elin, who is the object of desire of all the boys and who wants to run off to Stockholm to become Miss Sweden.