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Princeton's WordNet

  1. squat, crouch, scrunch, scrunch up, hunker, hunker down(verb)

    sit on one's heels

    "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"

    crump, scrunch up, crisp, bow, crease, stoop, hunker, crinkle, bend, scrunch, thud, ruckle, squat, crouch, wrinkle

  2. hunker down(verb)

    take shelter

    "During the sandstorm, they hunkered down in a small hut"

    scrunch, crouch, hunker, scrunch up, squat

  3. hunker down(verb)

    hold stubbornly to a position

    "The wife hunkered down and the husband's resistance began to break down"

    scrunch, crouch, hunker, scrunch up, squat

Editors Contribution

  1. shelter in place


    a storm is coming so we hunkered down for a while.

    Submitted by anonymous on April 16, 2020  

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  1. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser:

    It has life-and-death implications, and (people) should treat it that way, people should hunker down, shelter in place and stay off the roads.

  2. Anthony Fauci:

    I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing.

  3. Jay Inslee:

    It's time to hunker down in order to win this fight.

  4. Patrick Reed:

    They had two couches by a table, and we stayed there the entire time, whenever they say, 'OK, we'll update you in an hour,' it's just not enough time for us to be able to go all the way back to where we're staying and back, so we just had to hunker down here.

  5. Peter Hotez:

    This winter -- this November, December, January, February -- could be the worst time in our epidemic, get ready to hunker down.

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