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on a hunch

With or based on a strong intuition (about something), rather than absolute knowledge. I opened the cabinet underneath the sink on a hunch that we'd find the keys there. On a hunch, I'd say that the president is likely to veto the bill.
See also: hunch, on

play a hunch

To make a decision based on instinct, intuition, or an educated guess. The detective played a hunch and went to investigate the warehouse by the docks. Sure enough, that's where he found the stolen goods. There's no penalty for guessing, so if you're not positive which answer is correct, just play a hunch and don't second-guess yourself too much.
See also: hunch, play

play (one's) hunch

To make a decision based on one's instinct, intuition, or an educated guess. The detective played his hunch and went to investigate the warehouse by the docks. Sure enough, that's where he found the stolen goods. There's no penalty for guessing, so if you're not positive which answer is correct, just play your hunch and don't second-guess yourself too much.
See also: hunch, play

have a hunch (that something is the case)

 and have a hunch about something
to have an idea about what did, will, or should happen; to have a feeling that something will or should happen. I had a hunch that you would be here when I arrived. I have a hunch about the way things will happen.
See also: have, hunch

hunch over

[for someone] to bend over. The wounded man hunched over and staggered to the window. He was hunched over with pain.
See also: hunch, over

hunch something up

to raise up or lift up some body part, usually the shoulders. He hunched his shoulders up in his effort to get warm. He hunched up his shoulders to keep warm.
See also: hunch, up

hunch up

to squeeze or pull the parts of one's body together. He hunched up in a corner to keep warm. Why is that child hunched up in the corner?
See also: hunch, up

play a (or your) hunch

make an instinctive choice.
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Thomas cautions that it isn't sufficient to simply stretch for 10 minutes every few days if you are continually holding yourself with your head forward and your shoulders hunched.
Collins of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor -- White's co-worker Robert Weiss remained hunched over a keyboard in Salt Lake City.
The poking chin posture is often caused by sitting too low, a screen set too high, a hunched back or a combination of all three.
However, there are steps you can take to help prevent the hunched look from developing, or reduce its severity.
For office workers, this often means hunched over computer keyboards, making it no surprise that 72 per cent of Brits have suffered from back pain.
Corbett, who was influenced by Judson Dance Theater and post-Judson choreographers, looks like no one else in Boston because she presents made-up movement rather than hand-me-downs: hunched up shoulders propelling her arms upward or out with extraordinary power, a torso coiling in or flinging itself out into space, a fall to the floor with a subsequent rise up as if fueled by an organic instinct, the whole of it infused with a languid ease and grace.
In one image he puts his head into a framed picture as if through a window; in another he lies hunched up on a bed spanning a road in the middle of nowhere.
MPTP alone produced tremors, muscle rigidity, hunched posture and decreased movement within five days.
Upper back, neck and rear shoulder strengthening exercises, chest stretches and neck posture drills are recommended to help correct a hunched back.
Age Concern and Help the Aged say the hunched figure of an OAP with a walking stick should be replaced.
Men sat hunched over small white tables in a game of dominoes, a cultural pastime of the Caribbean Islands.
The shot of the model named Carmen Hawk, hunched, declares nothing specific about gender - everyone has a back and a butt - and neither do McQueen's pants, since he has done bumsters for men.
Hunched back and 'text neck' If you spend several hours a day working on a computer, you may unconsciously find yourself adopting poor postural habits such as hunching over your keyboard.
Hilariously performed by three hunched and preening men, they cavort awkwardly throughout two acts, turning up in dreams and nightmares.
Slouching into space, the coarse, low-fired terra-cotta figure was marked with the bleakness of age, a once-supple body awkwardly twisted by brittle and bent bones: its arms were absent and its shoulders hunched; its breasts misshapen by age; its head a fragile orb without hair or ears, the only evidence of the memory of sight two vacant sockets.