hanker

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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 for (something)

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

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: for, hanker, have
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Niamh The whole thing came alive for me and I hankered to play Lady M, but I thought the time had gone.
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When asked if she still hankered after her Labour roots, she replied: "Of course.
Three out of four 20 to 30 year olds still hankered after the long school holidays and 68 per cent wished they could be children again.