1. phrasal verb If you hunker down, you bend your knees so that you are in a low position, balancing on your feet. [US] [V P + on] ⇒ Betty hunkered down on the floor. [V P + beside] ⇒ He ended up hunkering down beside her. 2. phrasal verb → hunker If you say that someone hunkers down, you mean that they are trying to avoid doing things that will make people notice them or put them in danger. [US] [V P] ⇒ Their strategy for the moment is to hunker down and let the fuss die down.
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