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  ( hunkers    3rd person present)   ( hunkering    present participle)   ( hunkered    past tense & past participle  ) hunker down  
1       phrasal verb   If you hunker down, you bend your knees so that you are in a low position, balancing on your feet.  
  (AM)   (=squat)  
Betty hunkered down on the floor...      V P on n  
He ended up hunkering down beside her.      V P beside n  
2       phrasal verb   If you say that someone hunkers down, you mean that they are trying to avoid doing things that will make them noticed or put them in danger.  
  (AM)   (=lie low)  
Their strategy for the moment is to hunker down and let the fuss die down.      V P  
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hunker down, hunk, hunger, hunter

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