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batten down the hatches

Definition of batten down the hatches in English:

1 Nautical Secure a ship’s tarpaulins.
Example sentences
  • Sailors hop to it, and in an emergency, they can be counted on to reef the mainsail and batten down the hatches.
  • By day break the rain had gone, replaced by a lovely blue sky and warm sunshine, although it looks like it will be time to batten down the hatches tonight as the weather turns wet and windy once again.
  • Simply batten down the hatches using a properly fitting screwdriver and that's it.
1.1Prepare for a difficulty or crisis: a natural tendency in times of recession is to batten down the hatches
More example sentences
  • Both sides should just batten down the hatches, prepare for a very long 2004 and remember that miracles, or even acts of God, do happen.
  • Business people in the North's ‘flashpoints’ are again hoping for a quiet summer, but remain prepared to batten down the hatches.
  • If you do it anyway, batten down the hatches and prepare for retaliation.
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