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English verb: hunker down

1. hunker down (contact) sit on one's heels

SamplesIn some cultures, the women give birth while squatting.
The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm.

Synonymscrouch, hunker, scrunch, scrunch up, squat

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)sit, sit down

2. hunker down (perception) take shelter

SamplesDuring the sandstorm, they hunkered down in a small hut.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)hide, hide out

3. hunker down (communication) hold stubbornly to a position

SamplesThe wife hunkered down and the husband's resistance began to break down.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)hold firm, stand fast, stand firm, stand pat

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