hanker after (something)

hanker after (something)

To have a very strong, persistent desire or craving for something. I've been hankering after sushi ever since I came back from Tokyo last month. The former heavyweight champion has been hankering after a chance to reclaim her title.
See also: after, hanker

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