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hunker down

1. Literally, to squat. The magician hunkered down to the eye level of the children.
2. To seek refuge in a particular place or area. We hunkered down at home with some movies while the blizzard raged all weekend.
3. To work or begin to work on something in a determined matter. I can't believe I didn't get an A on my project after I'd hunkered down all weekend to do it!
4. To stubbornly maintain some belief. It seems he's hunkered down and will never see me as anything but the villain in his life.
See also: down, hunker

on (one's) hunkers

In a crouching position; bending down with one's heels on the ground and one's knees bent. Due to my arthritis, I can no longer get down on my hunkers and play with my grandchildren. He sat on his hunkers to inspect the leak beneath the sink.
See also: hunker, on

hunker down (on something)

Fig. to squat down on one's heels, a stool, a stone, etc. Jeff hunkered down on the pavement and watched the world go by. He hunkered down to take a rest.
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hunker down to something

Fig. to apply oneself to something, to get started working at something. I hunkered down to my chores, hoping to get them done before noon. If you want to get a good grade on that report, you'd better hunker down to it.
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on your ˈhunkers

sitting on your heels with your knees bent up in front of you: The little boy took out his favourite red sports car, and was delighted when Tom went down on his hunkers and admired the toy.
See also: hunker, on

hunker down

1. To sit on the heels with the knees bent forward; squat: My personal trainer hunkered down to help me with the barbells.
2. To take shelter or refuge: The campers hunkered down in the cabin during the blizzard.
3. To hold stubbornly to some position: The candidates hunkered down and refused to admit their mistakes.
4. To apply oneself and start working seriously at something: You need to hunker down and study if you're going to pass that test.
See also: down, hunker
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From there, Hunker continues by sharing information concerning the growth of Columbus, and by looking at city leadership, economic development, cultural diversity, and the quality of life of its residents.
Even more impressive is another fact that Hunker shares--Columbus grew while Ohio's other large cities decreased in population.
One component of the book that I found especially surprising was the fact that Hunker devotes much explanation and history about the growth of "shopping" in Columbus.
However, as Hunker also devotes much time and explanation to the decline of several other once-popular locations in Columbus, I was surprised that the French Market/Continent area was never mentioned.
Also interestingly, Hunker provides answers to many rumors that circulated throughout the years.
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I got down on my hunkers and crawled in and I could see my hands, but that was it.
The fiberglass booth hunkers down on the seabed of Hideaway Island, a coral atoll (donut-shaped reef island enclosing a lagoon).
The article notes that calorie intakes are surging as the nation hunkers down, citing our tendency to cope with national crises by indulging in food.
Mash the pedal and the V8 cackles, the rear hunkers down and an enormous bow-wave of power shoulders its way in.
To outwit hungry predators, for example, the hand-size fish hunkers down on the ocean floor, looking more like an algae-covered rock than a tasty meal.
Bih, his female counterpart, hunkers down to feast on a tattooed human arm.