Meaning of “hunker down” in the English Dictionary

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"hunker down" in British English

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hunker down

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

(Definition of “hunker down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hunker down" in American English

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hunker down

/ˈhʌŋ·kər ˈdɑʊn/
phrasal verb with hunker verb

to sit with your knees bent in front of you so that your buttocks are almost resting on your heels:

We hunkered down near the campfire.

To hunker down is also to be prepared to stay in a particular place or situation for as long as necessary, esp. for protection or to achieve something:

We hunkered down in the cellar while the storm raged outside.
Members of Congress were hunkered down for weeks of debate on the health-care issue.

(Definition of “hunker down” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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