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bat·ten down

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. batten, batten down, secureverb

    furnish with battens

    "batten ships"


  1. batten downverb

    To close or make watertight, referring to hatches and cargo.

  2. batten downverb

    To secure.

  3. batten downverb

    To prepare for adversity.


  1. batten down

    "Batten down" is a phrase originating from maritime terminology, primarily used to refer to the process of securing the ship's hatches or other loose objects in preparation for a storm, using wooden strips called battens. In general, it means to prepare for difficulties or a challenging period, by taking preventive measures or strengthening one's position.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of batten down in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of batten down in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of batten down in a Sentence

  1. Peter Yapp:

    What will stop this is much higher levels of [ cyber ] security, instead of putting money into paying people after the event, we should be putting money in ahead of the event and making sure we batten down the hatches.

  2. Mick Fleetwood:

    No matter what - rehearsed, under-rehearsed, over-rehearsed, doubts about rehearsing - the first gig is always the first gig, and you put on your little praying hat, batten down the hatch, and do what you do.

  3. Ethan Berkowitz:

    We know there is a Covid storm coming, this is our time to batten down.

  4. Andy Forster:

    For the last couple of years, it's been more about batten down the hatches and cost control. They may be changing the focus slightly now.

  5. Operation Warp Speed:

    This is our time to batten down.

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