hunch

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noun
ADJECTIVE
strong (esp. AmE)
VERB + HUNCH
have

I had a hunch that she was not telling the truth.

act on, follow, play

Acting on a hunch, I waited outside her house to see if she went out.

I decided to follow my hunch and come and see you.

confirm

Her hunches were confirmed the next day.

back (esp. BrE)

He decided to back his hunches with serious money.

PREPOSITION
on a hunch

I called on a hunch to ask if he had any work for me.

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verb
Hunch is used with these nouns as the object: ↑back, ↑shoulder

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Hunch — Hunch, n. [Perh. akin to huckle; cf. hump, hunch, bunch, hunk.] 1. A hump; a protuberance. [1913 Webster] 2. A lump; a thick piece; as, a hunch of bread. [1913 Webster] 3. A push or thrust, as with the elbow. [1913 Webster] 4. A strong, intuitive …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hunch — /hunch/, v.t. 1. to thrust out or up in a hump; arch: to hunch one s back. 2. to shove, push, or jostle. v.i. 3. to thrust oneself forward jerkily; lunge forward. 4. to stand, sit, or walk in a bent posture. n. 5. a premonition or suspicion;… …   Universalium

  • Hunch — Hunch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hunched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hunching}.] 1. To push or jostle with the elbow; to push or thrust suddenly. [1913 Webster] 2. To thrust out a hump or protuberance; to crook, as the back. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hunch — may refer to:* An intuitive reckoning * A forward bend in one s body, such as that from a crushed vertebra * A parody of Derryn Hinch played by Steve Vizard on Australian television show Fast Forward * A Dance attributed to Hasil Adkins * The… …   Wikipedia

  • hunch — [n] feeling, idea anticipation, apprehension, auguration, augury, boding, clue, expectation, feeling in one’s bones*, foreboding, forecast, foreknowledge, forewarning, forewisdom, funny feeling*, glimmer, hint, impression, inkling, instinct,… …   New thesaurus

  • hunch — [hunch] vt. [< ?] to draw (one s body, etc.) up so as to form a hump; arch into a hump vi. 1. to move forward jerkily; push; shove 2. to sit or stand with the back arched n. 1. a hump 2. a chunk; lump; hunk ☆ 3 …   English World dictionary

  • hunch — index premonition Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hunch — originally (c.1500) a verb, to push, thrust, of unknown origin. Meaning raise or bend into a hump is 1670s. Perhaps a variant of bunch. The noun is attested from 1620s, originally a push, thrust. Figurative sense of hint, tip (a push toward a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hunch — ► VERB ▪ raise (one s shoulders) and bend the top of one s body forward. ► NOUN ▪ a feeling or guess based on intuition. ORIGIN originally meaning «push, shove»: of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • hunch — n. (colloq.) feeling suspicion 1) to play a hunch ( to act on the basis of a hunch ) 2) a hunch that (I have a hunch that she will not come) 3) on a hunch (she did it on a hunch) * * * [hʌntʃ] (colloq.) [ feeling ] [ suspicion ] to play a hunch ( …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hunch — hunch1 [hʌntʃ] n if you have a hunch that something is true or will happen, you feel that it is true or will happen →↑suspicion have a hunch (that) ▪ I had a hunch that something like this would happen. sb s hunch ▪ My hunch is that she s his… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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