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hunker down

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verb uk phrasal verb with hunker   /ˈhʌŋ.kər/ us    /-kɚ/
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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