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Then she cut a hunch off a great loaf, and put it beside the bowl on the dresser.

There must be some kind of head-an'-tail to the scent, that a-way, to give the dog the hunch.

But again that unexplainable, senseless "hunch" restrained him.

I always had a hunch that I would never play wig and ruffles.

I had a hunch, and this astronomer chap has proved it correct with his mathematics.

It's what we call a hunch—coincidence or anything like that.

I should not wonder if there were a hunch of bread and cheese beside it, said Whiskerandos.

I have a hunch that the Rovers are watching us like a cat watches mice.

My hunch is, though, that we're going to be nudists whether we want to or not.

“There you are again,” broke in Dicky, cutting himself a hunch of cake.

WORD ORIGIN

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 solution or answer), first recorded 1849, led to that of "premonition, presentiment" (1904).

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