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batten down the hatches

To prepare for a challenging situation. While this originated as a nautical phrase, it is now used for any sort of imminent problem. There's a tornado coming—batten down the hatches! My mother-in-law is coming to town this weekend, so I better batten down the hatches.
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batten down the hatches

Fig. to prepare for difficult times. (From a nautical expression meaning, literally, to seal the hatches against the arrival of a storm. The word order is fixed.) Here comes that contentious Mrs. Jones. Batten down the hatches! Batten down the hatches, Congress is in session again.
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batten down the hatches

Prepare for trouble, as in Here comes the boss-batten down the hatches. This term originated in the navy, where it signified preparing for a storm by fastening down canvas over doorways and hatches (openings) with strips of wood called battens. [Late 1800s]
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batten down the hatches

If you batten down the hatches, you prepare for a difficult situation by doing everything you can to protect yourself. While most companies are battening down the hatches, fearing recession, Blenheim is leading an assault on the US market. Banks seem to be battening down the hatches in anticipation of further trouble. Note: Battens are strips of wood used for fastening things down. Hatches are openings in the deck of a ship, or the wooden flaps which cover the openings.
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batten down the hatches

prepare for a difficulty or crisis.
Batten down the hatches was originally a nautical term meaning ‘make a ship's hatches secure with gratings and tarpaulins’ in expectation of stormy weather.
1998 Oldie They endured the hard pounding of the Seventies, when Labour battened down the hatches, and soldiered through the follies of the early Eighties.
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ˌbatten down the ˈhatches

prepare yourself for a period of difficulty or trouble: Hollywood is battening down the hatches in expectation of a strike by actors and writers this summer.A batten is a long piece of wood which was used to hold down strong material in order to cover a ship’s hatches (= openings in the deck of a boat leading to the lower level) in a storm.
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batten down the hatches

To prepare for an imminent disaster or emergency.
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Batten, who has been married for 37 years and has two children from a previous relationship, had denied three counts of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child but jurors convicted him of each offence by an 11-1 majority.
Cruel Batten sent a terse 10-line reply, concluding with the words: "I'm sorry for any hurt you feel I may have caused.
Organizations pooling their funds for the nearly $1 million in grants include BDSRA, BBDF, Hope for Bridget, Blake's Purpose, Our Promise to Nicholas, Fight for Nicholas, Biomarin, LLC, and Noah's Hope - all based in the United States - along with Germany's NCL-Stiftung and the United Kingdom's Batten Disease Family Association.
Moish Tov, Chairman and CEO of Skila, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Batten to the newly created position of President.
Batten has done an excellent job of writing clear and simple prose, so students in Grades 7 to 10 will find it accessible, even if they are sent to their dictionaries for words such "hypocrisy" or "Bolsheviks.
Batten trotted the globe with Jackson for a decade, filling one of the most coveted spots in the music industry as lead guitarist on the Bad, Dangerous and HIStory tours.
Back in the late 80s, Batten was teaching at Los Angeles Musician's Institute and playing club gigs at night.
The researchers highlighted the fact that Batten disease, which appears in children between ages 4 and 7, is caused by mutations in a gene called CLN3.
Now bang your pins through the board and into the batten behind, ensuring they're just clear of the groove.
If skirting has a moulding, screw batten to the wall.
Joseph Genovesi of NAI DG Hart and Charlie Moore of NAI Batten & Moore brokered the sale.
Malcolm King has retired after 18 years as senior partner of the firm and Chris Ireland and Richard Batten have taken over as joint senior partners.
Palo Alto, CA, announced it has filed its first Investigational New Drug (IND) application to the FDA for approval to begin its first clinical investigation of its human neural stem cells (HuCNS-SC-StemCells proprietary neural cell therapy product) in the treatment of Batten disease.