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Verb: hunker down
  1. Sit on one's heels
    "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm";
    - squat, hunker, scrooch [US]
     
  2. Take shelter
    "During the sandstorm, they hunkered down in a small hut"
     
  3. Hold stubbornly to a position
    "The wife hunkered down and the husband's resistance began to break down"
     
  4. Get to work and focus on a task
    - knuckle down, buckle down

Derived forms: hunkers down, hunkering down, hunkered down

Type of: crouch, crouch down, hide, hide out, hold firm, scooch, sit, sit down, stand fast, stand firm, stand pat