One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘Simply batten down the hatches using a properly fitting screwdriver and that's it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Sailors in a storm-tossed sea know there is danger in relying solely on battening down the hatches.’
- ‘He battened down the hatches and rode the storm out.’
- 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.’
- ‘Business people in the North's ‘flashpoints’ are again hoping for a quiet summer, but remain prepared to batten down the hatches.’
- ‘And we are battening down the hatches right now, and getting prepared.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Given the state of the economy, they feel they have no choice but to batten down the hatches and prepare for a bad year.’
- ‘So, without further ado, here are ten tips to battening down the hatches in your home!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If you do it anyway, batten down the hatches and prepare for retaliation.’
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