hunker down

phrasal verb

hunkered down; hunkering down; hunkers down
chiefly US
: to lower the body to the ground by bending the legs
The hikers hunkered down under a cliff until the storm passed.
: to stay in a place for a period of time
The leaders hunkered down at a country estate for difficult peace negotiations.

Examples of hunker down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then the severe storm that lashed Southern California last week led Jackie to hunker down for 62 hours straight to protect her little family — at times completely covered in snow. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 So if your internal clock still tells you to hunker down and read, here is good fiction ranging from a carnival to Hubert Humphrey. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 11 Feb. 2024 The main house, a long, low-slung black fortress clad in wood and glass, hunkers down on a windswept plateau. Mark David, Robb Report, 3 Feb. 2024 Each year, scientists and volunteers tally the iconic black-and-orange butterflies that hunker down at their temperate overwintering sites in November and early December, when their numbers usually peak. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 Most of us are hunkered down at home because of the coronavirus, waiting to go back to the office, but construction sites have stayed abuzz with activity, building for the hopeful future instead of the uncertain now. Clayton Sealey, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 For swaths of millennials, hunkering down with family gave them breathing room to save for a home. Eli Tan, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2024 Jean ended up working in her father’s office, while Callie hunkered down in a bedroom. Kate Dwyer, New York Times, 26 Dec. 2023 The Ukrainians are hunkered down in basements and trenches and heavily outnumbered. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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“Hunker down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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