Definition of batten down the hatches in English:

batten down the hatches

phrase

Nautical
  • 1Secure a ship's tarpaulins.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He battened down the hatches and rode the storm out.’
    • ‘Simply batten down the hatches using a properly fitting screwdriver and that's it.’
    • ‘Sailors in a storm-tossed sea know there is danger in relying solely on battening down the hatches.’
    1. 1.1 Prepare for a difficulty or crisis:
      ‘a natural tendency in times of recession is to batten down the hatches’
      • ‘If recession looms, consumers should batten down the hatches, take stock of their finances and cut out any waste to ensure they put their affairs on the most secure footing they can.’
      • ‘And we are battening down the hatches right now, and getting prepared.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Savings inflows are at record levels, reaching nearly £4bn during the first four months of the year as consumers batten down the hatches amid concerns about the future direction of the economy.’
      • ‘Whether or not you think the time is right to start battening down the hatches, you must agree that the signs aren't looking particularly good.’
      • ‘If you do it anyway, batten down the hatches and prepare for retaliation.’
      • ‘Given the state of the economy, they feel they have no choice but to batten down the hatches and prepare for a bad year.’
      • ‘The announcement last week that Smith was to be replaced suggests that the hatches are being battened down to repel boarders, although the McManus group did not apparently ask for board representation.’
      • ‘So, without further ado, here are ten tips to battening down the hatches in your home!’