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hanker after/for sth

phrasal verb with hanker uk   /ˈhæŋ.kər/  us   /-kɚ/ verb
to have a ​strongwish 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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