hunker down

hunker down
verb
1. sit on one's heels (Freq. 1)
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In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting

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The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm

Syn: ↑squat, ↑crouch, ↑scrunch, ↑scrunch up, ↑hunker
Derivationally related forms: ↑squat (for: ↑squat), ↑squatting (for: ↑squat)
Hypernyms: ↑sit, ↑sit down
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

2. take shelter
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During the sandstorm, they hunkered down in a small hut

Hypernyms: ↑hide, ↑hide out
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

3. hold stubbornly to a position
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The wife hunkered down and the husband's resistance began to break down

Hypernyms: ↑stand pat, ↑stand firm, ↑hold firm, ↑stand fast
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s


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