Definitions for batten down the hatches
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batten down the hatches(Verb)
To prepare for trouble.
Origin: From the practice aboard a ship of sealing hatches to prevent water getting below-decks in a storm by using covers secured by strips of material, called battens, firmly attached to the frame of the hatch opening.
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