To batten down
Batten Bat"ten, v. t. To furnish or fasten with battens. [1913 Webster]

{To batten down}, to fasten down with battens, as the tarpaulin over the hatches of a ship during a storm. [1913 Webster]


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  • To batten down the hatches — Hatch Hatch, n. [OE. hacche, AS. h[ae]c, cf. haca the bar of a door, D. hek gate, Sw. h[ a]ck coop, rack, Dan. hekke manger, rack. Prob. akin to E. hook, and first used of something made of pieces fastened together. Cf. {Heck}, {Hack} a frame.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • batten down — verb furnish with battens batten ships • Syn: ↑batten, ↑secure • Derivationally related forms: ↑batten (for: ↑batten) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • batten down — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms batten down : present tense I/you/we/they batten down he/she/it battens down present participle battening down past tense battened down past participle battened down 1) to make something such as a …   English dictionary

  • batten down the hatches — If you batten down the hatches, you prepare for the worst that could happen to you …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • batten down the hatches — 1. To prepare for a crisis 2. Orig to secure the hatches on a ship against bad weather • • • Main Entry: ↑batten …   Useful english dictionary

  • batten down the hatches — to prepare yourself for a difficult period by protecting yourself in every possible way. When you re coming down with a cold, all you can do is batten down the hatches and wait for the body to fight it off …   New idioms dictionary

  • batten down the hatches —    If you batten down the hatches, you prepare for the worst that could happen to you.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    When you batten down the hatches, you prepare yourself for trouble or a forthcoming difficult period, like a ship… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • batten down the hatches — Meaning Origin Nautical origin probably 18th century. A batten is a strip of wood; these were used to hold down sheets of canvas to cover hatchways in storms …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • batten down the hatches — verb a) Prepare for trouble. b) To cover the hatches on a sailing ship with tarpaulins and nail the edges down with battens, to prevent water getting below decks in a storm …   Wiktionary

  • batten down the hatches — idi a) to cover a ship s hatches with tarpaulins held in place with battens b) to prepare to meet an emergency …   From formal English to slang

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