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batten down the hatches

Definition of batten down the hatches

  1. :  to prepare a boat or ship for dangerous stormy weather by closing and covering the openings in the deck —often used figuratively <As the economy grows worse, investors need to batten down the hatches and prepare for tough times ahead.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to grow fat

    :  to feed gluttonously

    :  fatten

  1. :  a piece of lumber used especially for flooring

    :  a thin narrow strip of lumber used especially to seal or reinforce a joint

    :  a strip, bar, or support resembling or used similarly to a batten (as in a sail)

  1. :  to furnish with battens

    :  to make one secure by or as if by battens

  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. :  down along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. :  to cause to go or come down: as

    :  bring down

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

    :  an instance of putting down

    :  a complete play to advance the ball in football

  1. :  a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down

hatchplay hatches
  1. :  a small door or opening (as in an airplane or spaceship)

    :  an opening in the deck of a ship or in the floor or roof of a building

    :  the covering for such an opening

  1. :  to produce young by incubation

    :  to emerge from an egg, chrysalis, or pupa

    :  to give forth young or imagoes

  1. :  an act or instance of hatching

    :  a brood of hatched young

  1. :  to inlay with narrow bands of distinguishable material

    :  to mark (as a drawing or engraving) with fine closely spaced lines

  1. :  line

    :  one used to give the effect of shading

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