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HUNKER DOWN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hunker down mean? 

HUNKER DOWN (verb)
  The verb HUNKER DOWN has 3 senses:

1. sit on one's heels
2. take shelter
3. hold stubbornly to a position

  Familiarity information: HUNKER DOWN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HUNKER DOWN (verb)


Sense 1hunker down [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sit on one's heels

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

hunker; hunker down; scrunch up; squat; crouch; scrunch

Context examples:

In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting / The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm

Hypernyms (to "hunker down" is one way to...):

sit; sit down (be seated)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2hunker down [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take shelter

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

During the sandstorm, they hunkered down in a small hut

Hypernyms (to "hunker down" is one way to...):

hide; hide out (be or go into hiding; keep out of sight, as for protection and safety)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3hunker down [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hold stubbornly to a position

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The wife hunkered down and the husband's resistance began to break down

Hypernyms (to "hunker down" is one way to...):

hold firm; stand fast; stand firm; stand pat (refuse to abandon one's opinion or belief)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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