Synonyms of 'hunker down'
If you hunch forward, you raise your shoulders, put your head down, and lean forwards, often because you are cold, ill, or unhappy.
He hunched over the map to read the small print.
If you squat, you lower yourself towards the ground, balancing on your feet with your legs bent.
He came over and squatted on his heels, looking up at the boys.
sit on your heels
hunker down (US , informal)
sit on your haunches
Thesaurus for hunker down from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you hunker down , you bend your knees so that you are in a low position , balancing on your feet .