hunker down


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Verb1.hunker down - sit on one's heels; "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"
sit, sit down - be seated
2.hunker down - take shelter; "During the sandstorm, they hunkered down in a small hut"
hide out, hide - be or go into hiding; keep out of sight, as for protection and safety; "Probably his horse would be close to where he was hiding"; "She is hiding out in a cabin in Montana"
3.hunker down - hold stubbornly to a position; "The wife hunkered down and the husband's resistance began to break down"
hold firm, stand fast, stand pat, stand firm - refuse to abandon one's opinion or belief

hunker down

verb (U.S. informal) squat, crouch (down), hunch Betty hunkered down on the floor
References in classic literature ?
But the Infant had already made the sign, and we heard Imam Din hunker down on the floor: One gets little out of the East at attention.
And if we do see such a power shift within this Tory government, then those who find themselves struggling now had better hunker down for even worse times to come.
Indeed, our forebears did use the long, dark winters to hunker down - a hibernation of sorts, enforced by the lack of light.
It pointed out that the "breached list" will be posted on the channel's Facebook page, noting that it will post instructions on how to hunker down and act regarding the Zionists whose names found on the list.
In a boozy voice that I became familiar with over the years, he launched into a story about a Christmas Eve spent in the jungle where, as staff sergeant, he had led his reconnaissance team to hunker down for the night.
We all expect things to be more difficult in tough times, and know that we have to hunker down.
A more appropriate use would be for military personnel who hunker down during a firefight.
The message was to hunker down because they were going to be utilized more than they were the first half of the season.
But rarer species might also hunker down when lights are bright, Wise says.
At the same nine, it is being made clear to them that they should hunker down and watch the fight from the side and then quietly decide whether to walk or to stay.
We can help alleviate the worst effects of global poverty, or we can hunker down in fortress America.