hunch over

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hunch over

1. To lean forward and round the spine rather than standing erect. A: "Would you stop hunching over like that?" B: "Ugh, but my back hurts, Mom."
2. To lean over something while rounding one's spine, as opposed to sitting or standing with an erect back. I know, my posture is terrible after years of hunching over a computer keyboard.
3. To cause someone or something to bend, slouch, or stoop forward. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "hunch" and "over." Having to carry those heavy bags of coal for so many years has hunched the poor man over really badly. I had to hunch the mannequin over to make it fit in the display.
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hunch over

[for someone] to bend over. The wounded man hunched over and staggered to the window. He was hunched over with pain.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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