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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.
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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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As one of those who has hankered for Unsafe Hands to quit international football for ages, all I can say is that it was a tremendous stop, one that elevates him to the heady heights of around sixth place in the England pecking order.
IF you've hankered for the return of Steve Earle in Copperhead Road rock mode, you'll find him in full cry on this selection of movie soundtrack songs, waifs and strays from his back pages.
But he added many still hankered after the party's old values.
GEOFF WRAGG secured the Listed win he has hankered after for beautifully bred Miss Pinkerton when the Danehill filly beat Mythic by half a length in the Friends Provident Atalanta Stakes.