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English definition of “hunker down”

hunker down

US phrasal verb with hunker     /ˈhʌŋ.kər/ US  /-kɚ/ verb
to sit down on your heels : We hunkered down round the campfire , toasting marshmallows .Sitting and standing to make yourself comfortable in a place or situation , or to prepare to stay in a place or position for a long time , usually in order to achieve something or for protection : The press have hunkered down for the night outside the palace , waiting for news of the royal birth .Comfortable and uncomfortable
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