to crouch or squat on one’s heels: Some of the taller kids have trouble with the exercises that involve a lot of hunkering down.
to hide, hide out, or take shelter, often for just a few hours or less, as from a pursuer or a storm: Runaways hunkered down in all sorts of places along the Underground Railroad.Rain pelted our boat through the night, but we were able to hunker down in a small harbor until daybreak.
to settle in to the safety of one’s home or other designated shelter for a potentially prolonged time, as would be necessitated by a natural disaster or an outbreak of a contagious disease: Before hunkering down, we made sure we had enough food, water, batteries, and first-aid supplies to last at least three weeks.Make a plan, and prepare to hunker down.
to hold resolutely or stubbornly to a policy, opinion, etc., when confronted by criticism, opposition, or unfavorable circumstances: Rather than moving toward compromise, both sides continue to hunker down.He hunkered down and refused to admit his guilt.
to give one’s full and earnest attention to a project, assignment, or other obligation: No partying for me this weekend—I’ve got to hunker down and finish this term paper.
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How to use hunker down in a sentence
When I finally hunker down in a pub on the harbor, Google raises as many questions as it answers.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality | Noah Caldwell | September 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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“The news is slanting in different directions,” Tom complains as he and Vickie hunker down in a bar.No Fireworks on Al Jazeera America’s Plodding Debut | Lloyd Grove | August 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Administrations almost always hunker down in these situations and hope they pass.
But I had to hunker down and do my job, live shot after live shot.There’s No Crying in Journalism—Even After the Horrifying Connecticut School Shootings | Lauren Ashburn | December 16, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST