Without adequate firepower, the rebels are unable to make lasting incursions into areas where the regime is hunkered down.
He is said to be hunkered down and not returning phone calls or receiving visitors while he grieves.
hunkered down in a bunker, she, Mellie, and Fitz argue over what details about their relationship they want to make public.
"to squat, crouch," 1720, Scottish, of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse huka "to crouch," hoka, hokra "to crawl." Hunker down, Southern U.S. dialectal phrase, popularized c.1965, from northern British hunker "haunch." Related: Hunkered; hunkering.