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 for hunker down
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hunker down \Hun"ker down\, v.
     1. to crouch or squat; to sit on one's haunches.
        [PJC]
  
     2. to settle in at a location for an extended period; -- also
        (figuratively) to maintain a position and resist yielding
        to some pressure, as of public opinion.
        [PJC]
  
     3. to take shelter, literally or figuratively; to assume a
        defensive position to resist difficulties. "We hunkered
        down to ride out the storm in an abandoned cabin."
        [PJC]
  
              While many businessmen were hunkering down for
              another bust after the lean years of the Second
              World War and the Great Depression before it, Taylor
              and company correctly reckoned it was the dawn of an
              era of prosperity and growth.         --Richard
                                                    Siklos [Shades
                                                    of Black,
                                                    1995]
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hunker down
      v 1: sit on one's heels; "In some cultures, the women give birth
           while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect
           themselves from the sandstorm" [syn: squat, crouch,
           scrunch, scrunch up, hunker, hunker down]
      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"

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