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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of hanker.


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  • Having always considered ourself an average man, we turned the pages hopefully, only to find a considerable amount of information we had never "hankered" for, and could not make use of, as, for instance, how to become the biggest "buyer" in the universe, or how a certain theatrical manager wants you to think he thinks he got on in the world

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints

  • He said 't was enough prettier sight to see good cabbages a-growing; but Mis 'Brown always kind of hankered after sweet-smelling things, like roses and such.

    Cheerfulness as a Life Power

  • I think she has always "hankered" to know us, but not having enough individuality to act for herself, she has waited for a lead before taking the plunge.

    The Lady of the Basement Flat

  • Perhaps he "hankered" after the Puritan maids, and if so, deserved his reproof and the threat of annihilation.

    Sabbath in Puritan New England

  • I always kind of hankered after the hero-stuff I saw in entertainment vids, imagined myself as a space ranger type, but I knew it wasn’t realistic.

    Command Decision

  • "I've kind of hankered to go to see John all these years.

    Four Girls and a Compact

  • These were the adults who constantly hankered for more reassurance from their romantic partners.

    Red Flags or Red Herrings?

  • The ambassador went on to suggest that one Guardian columnist hankered after "the massacre of athletes at the Munich Olympics, the hijacking of planes or the suicide bombing of civilians in shopping malls and pizza parlors" and concluded by drawing parallels between the Hamas charter and the stance of a paper which has supported Israel's right to exist since long before 1948.

    Ian Katz: Israeli Ambassador's Dishonest Attacks on the Guardian Miss the Point

  • Ever since the 1980s, when interest rates began their long decline, investors have hankered for more income.

    Why Regulators Can't Keep 'Safe' Bond Funds From Sinking

  • He was briefly threatened with replacement by Darren Gough, hankered after by Cameron, but the Barnsley-born England cricketer decided that he was too busy to add a hopeless by-election to his commitments.

    Humiliated Lib Dems come sixth in Barnsley Central byelection


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