to hunker down

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - hunker down

"to hunker down"

to take shelter or refuge


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - hunker down

"to hunker down"

to sit on your heels with knees bent forward;

to squat


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - hunker down

"to hunker down"

to hold stubbornly to a belief or position


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - hunker down

"to hunker down"

to start to work on something seriously


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hunker down

Two hunters are talking ...

Hunter 1:  Looks like the storm is getting worse.

Hunter 2:  We really should find a place we can take shelter in.

Hunter 1:  That looks like a good place to hunker down for the night.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hunker down

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Looks like we're going to have to wait for a while.

Friend 2:  I suppose we ought to sit down then.

Friend 1:  The ground is too wet to sit on. I think I'll squat instead.

Friend 2:  Good idea. Let's hunker down on our heels.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - hunker down

Two executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  Do you think the boss will change his mind?

Executive 2:  I don't think so. He is pretty stubborn in his beliefs.

Executive 1:  True. He does tend to hunker down when he believes in something strongly.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - hunker down

Two students are talking one Saturday morning ...

Student 1:  This project is really huge.  How are we ever going to get it done by Monday?

Student 2:  We'll just have to really get to work and work hard all weekend.

Student 1:  OK. Let's hunker down.

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to hunker down - Gerund Form:

Hunkering down for the night is the best thing to do when you are lost in the forest.

Hunkering down on your heels is a good position for waiting.

Hunkering down and getting to work gets the job done.

to hunker down - Examples:

1)  Stock up, prep up and hunker down. The dollar collapse isn't far away.

2)  Get the best lawyer money can buy, hunker down for the battle, and wait for the smoke to clear.

3)  He is 22 years old and stands only 5-9, meaning he can hunker down behind his offensive linemen and then spring an unpleasant surprise on the defense.

4)  Snowy days are less of a concern, because the deer hunker down and don't move as much.

5)  When there is a storm your job is to hunker down and be patient.

6)  I have never been so miserable as the time I hunkered down under a rock overhang for almost an hour with an icy waterfall pouring down.

7)  Rather than risk more trouble, I hunkered down for the night in my hotel.

8)  We've hunkered down at home and enjoyed some good discussions on hope and vision and culture.

9)  The group dried off at his house and hunkered down there for two hours. 

10)  Sonny, Max, Dave and Zero really hunkered down and worked on the new songs.

11)  The rest of us will be jealously hunkering down in preparation for our long, cold Canadian winter.

12)  For now, people along the Eastern Seaboard are hunkering down and hoping to ride out the worst of Superstorm Sandy.

13)  After five years of retirement I have not touched my IRA. I am hunkering down playing defense.

14)  Opening arguments for the defence are in position and the hierarchy is hunkering down.

15)  Esty points to other cultural manifestations of Britain hunkering down.

16)  Watch as the business community hunkers down trying to salvage what it can.

17)  My cats think I can't see then when they hunker down for a good pounce.

18)  I wasn't prepared to hunker down and do the work. Both of us were extremely busy.

19)  Past an abandoned logging centre, we hunker down over a charcoal fire.

20)  Be ready to hunker down for the long term and work each day to attain good results.