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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

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

v.
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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Hunkered down when she felt the bite, jerked the pole straight up
Overall, directional impulse has been limited in forex markets with participants hunkered down ahead of the Fed policy announcement later on Wednesday.
Roberto Dominguez, a customer relations worker at the Fairfield Marriott in Cabo San Lucas, said guests hunkered down in their rooms overnight.
"When they say, 'We'll update you in an hour', it's not enough time for us to go to where we're staying so we hunkered down here."
Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Alabama, Kentucky, and Mississippi, and thousands more hunkered down in basements and shelters as The National Weather Service issued watches and warnings for more tornadoes throughout the night in Alabama.
I don't `hunker down' in my house." Know where you're coming from, David, but there have been times when I've hunkered down inside under a withering assault from what we used to call the distaff side, to borrow a phrase.
In the meantime, the band has hunkered down in its Midwestern abode and, again, tried to best itself with another record, which has proved to be quite the challenge, being that the expectations are sky high.
With little to go on besides a few credible and more not-so-credible sightings from hunters, bird-watchers, and assorted characters, Gallagher and his crew spent weeks and months camped in the wilderness and hunkered down in canoes, hoping, essentially, to see a ghost.
Rafael Moneo's ill-fated Museum of Modern Art (AR November 1998) which recently reopened after a three-year closure to climinate an outbreak of mould, is hunkered down on the island of Skeppsholm as though it wanted to be invisible; and the extension to the King's Library is largely underground.
The president of the board, Thomas Bechtler, hunkered down with a small group of board members that included artist Peter Fischli, the city's mayor, a local collector, and Jacqueline Burckhardt, a publisher of the art journal Parkett, whose coequal Bice Curiger happens to be an adjunct curator at the Kunsthaus as well.
To record this CD, her second for the Windham Hill label, Ian and three band mates hunkered down in a rented house for three months.
Later that evening, as coyotes howled, we hunkered down among the tilting pines.
I have this warm picture in my head of my father, circa 1960 -- hunkered down over his manual typewriter, the sweat pouring down his face illuminated by the light of the kerosene lamp....
Meanwhile, Wall Street is hunkered down waiting for more details on the much talked about U.S.-China trade deal; the market has presumably priced in a lot of the benefit, though analysts suspect further gains can be had down the road.
"They get shut off, they just stay in, hunkered down in front of their computer."