hanker after/for/to do something

hanker after/for/to do something
feel a desire for or to do something.

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  • hanker\ after — • lust for • hanker after v. phr. To physically yearn for; want something very strongly. Ed has been lusting after Meg for a very long time …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hanker — verb (hanker after/for/to do something) feel a desire for or to do something. Derivatives hankerer noun Origin C17: prob. related to hang …   English new terms dictionary

  • hanker — UK [ˈhæŋkə(r)] / US [ˈhæŋkər] verb [intransitive] Word forms hanker : present tense I/you/we/they hanker he/she/it hankers present participle hankering past tense hankered past participle hankered informal to have a strong feeling of wanting… …   English dictionary

  • hanker — han|ker [ˈhæŋkə US ər] v hanker after/for [hanker after/for sth] phr v [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from Flemish hankeren, from hangen to hang ] to feel strongly that you want something ▪ She hankered for a new life in a different country.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hanker — han|ker [ hæŋkər ] verb intransitive INFORMAL to have a strong feeling of wanting something: hanker after/for: She had always hankered after thick curly hair. hanker to do something: He hankered to revisit his childhood home …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hanker — verb hanker after/for phrasal verb (T) to secretly feel that you want something, over a long period: Lucy had always hankered after a place of her own …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hanker — /ˈhæŋkə / (say hangkuh) verb (t) 1. to have the desire (to do something): to hanker to go back home. –phrase 2. hanker after (or for), to have a restless or incessant longing for: to hanker after freedom. {17th century; compare Flemish hankeren}… …  

  • hanker — [[t]hæ̱ŋkə(r)[/t]] hankers, hankering, hankered VERB If you hanker after something, you want it very much. [V after/for n] In 1969 I hankered after a floor length brown suede coat. [Also V to inf] …   English dictionary

  • after — prep., conj., adv., & adj. prep. 1 a following in time; later than (after six months; after midnight; day after day). b US in specifying time (a quarter after eight). 2 (with causal force) in view of (something that happened shortly before)… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spoil for — {v. phr.} To want something very badly; be belligerent or pugnacious about something. * /After a few drinks it became embarrassingly evident that Hal was spoiling for a fight./ Compare: HANKER AFTER, LUST FOR …   Dictionary of American idioms

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