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Verb: hunker down
  1. Sit on one's heels
    "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm";
    - squat, crouch, scrunch, scrunch up, hunker
     
  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"

Derived forms: hunkered down, hunkering down, hunkers down

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