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Where did the term hunker down come from?

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Hunker is probably related to the Old Norse “huka,” to crouch, with relatives in Middle Dutch, Middle Low German and the modern German “hocken,” meaning “to sit on one's hams”; "to squat, crouch," 1720, Scottish, possibly Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse huka "to crouch," hoka, hokra "to crawl."

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