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hunker down

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phrasal verb with hunker uk   /ˈhʌŋ.kər/  us   /ˈhʌŋ.kɚ/ verb
to ​sit down on ​your heels: We hunkered down around the ​campfire, ​toastingmarshmallows.
to make yourself ​comfortable in a ​place or ​situation, or to ​prepare to ​stay in a ​place or ​position for a ​longtime, usually in ​order to ​achieve something or for ​protection: The ​press have hunkered down for the ​nightoutside the ​palace, ​waiting for ​news of the ​royalbirth.
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hunker down

 /ˈhʌŋ·kər ˈdɑʊn/
phrasal verb with hunker verb
to ​sit with ​yourkneesbent in ​front of you so that ​yourbuttocks are ​almostresting on ​yourheels: We hunkered down near the ​campfire.
To hunker down is also to be ​prepared to ​stay in a ​particularplace or ​situation for as ​long as ​necessary, esp. for ​protection or to ​achieve something: We hunkered down in the ​cellar while the ​stormragedoutside. 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)
Translations of “hunker down”
in Chinese (Simplified) 蹲着, 蹲坐, 蹲守…
in Chinese (Traditional) 蹲著, 蹲坐, 蹲守…
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