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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.
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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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While many companies hunkered down and simply tried to make it through this tough year, the LOCHHEAD list recognizes a few visionary business leaders, spanning a cross-section of industries, who managed to rise above the clatter, and capitalize on new growth opportunities with shrewd marketing coups.
Salt Lake City was armed to the teeth and hunkered down like a frontier garrison.
While much of the national business sector has hunkered down to ride out the recession, the technology sector continues to innovate," said Chris Shipley, executive producer of DEMO 2002.
Marines hunkered down on Guadalcanal, a jungle island in the South Pacific nobody had ever heard of.
Lalario, Davis and their coworkers are now hunkered down for the long and sunless polar winter at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, where the thermometer outside dips well below the temperatures found in most freezers.
The BMG party at the Avalon in Hollywood was a primo destination for stars who hunkered down in the VIP Hennessey Lounge, including Christina Aguilera, in a colorful sequined Roberto Cavalli mini, Kelly Osbourne, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paris Hilton and Nick Carter, Gene Simmons, Lisa Loeb, Meg and Jack White (looking more like Michael Jackson every day) and Steven Tyler's clone, Steven Cojocaru, ``Entertainment Tonight's'' new fashion freak.
We have been hunkered down since last October, and we are now positioned to grow exponentially through our marketing campaigns and acquisitions.
Lawyers with the San Fernando Valley Bar Association spent the first day serving as settlement coaches and mediators, while judges cleared their calendars and hunkered down in chambers with the litigants themselves.
Shoppers and strikers hunkered down Saturday during the first full weekend of what could be a protracted labor dispute at Southern California's major grocery store chains, as many shoppers refused to cross picket lines at Vons, Albertson's and Ralphs stores in the San Fernando Valley.
Then, product and service providers hunkered down and got to work.
Mick Fleetwood was hunkered down in a Los Angeles studio, working on former Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham's next solo project, when the door began to rattle.
After nearly two days, Galton slipped down a mountainside about 20 to 30 feet Friday afternoon and, with a 50-foot drop below him, stayed hunkered down.
For example, the pattern and practice of the LAUSD school board being hunkered down in closed-door, secret meetings continues.
Standing in his Air Force uniform before about 40 members of the Glendale Memorial 50-plus program, Barber recounted the day and evening of June 6, 1944, when he hunkered down in a foxhole on the beach while the troops around him shot at ``everything and anything.