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  1. batten down the hatches(Verb)

    To prepare for trouble.

  2. 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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