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hanker after/for sth

verb uk phrasal verb with hanker   /ˈhæŋ.kər/ us    /-kɚ/
to have a strong wish for something, especially if you cannot or should not have it: What did you hanker after most when you were in prison? Even after all these years, I still hanker for a motorbike.
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