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don't count your chickens before they're hatched

Don't make plans based on future events that might not happen. When my mom heard that I was preparing my campaign before even being nominated, she warned me, "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched." Why are you begging to drive my car to school tomorrow when you still need to take your license test in the morning? Don't count your chickens before they're hatched, babe!
See also: before, chicken, count, hatch

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.
See also: down, hatch

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.
See also: down, hatch

count one's chickens before they hatch

Fig. to plan how to utilize good results of something before those results have occurred. (The same as Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.) You may be disappointed if you count your chickens before they hatch.
See also: before, chicken, count, hatch

Down the hatch.

I am about to drink this.; Let's all drink up. (Said as one is about to take a drink, especially of something bad-tasting or potent. Also used as a jocular toast.) Bob said, "Down the hatch," and drank the whiskey in one gulp. Let's toast the bride and groom. Down the hatch!
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hatch an animal out

to aid in releasing an animal from an egg. They hatched lots of ducks out at the hatchery. The farmer hatched out hundreds of chicks each month.
See also: animal, hatch, out

batten down the hatches

to prepare yourself for a difficult period by protecting yourself in every possible way
Usage notes: When there is a storm, ships batten down the hatches (= close the doors to the outside) as protection against bad weather.
When you're coming down with a cold, all you can do is batten down the hatches and wait for the body to fight it off.
See also: down, hatch

Down the hatch!

  (informal)
something that you say before drinking an alcoholic drink, especially when you are going to drink it all without stopping And a whisky for you. Down the hatch, as they say.
See also: down

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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count one's chickens before they hatch

Make plans based on events that may or may not happen. For example, You might not win the prize and you've already spent the money? Don't count your chickens before they hatch! or I know you have big plans for your consulting business, but don't count your chickens. This expression comes from Aesop's fable about a milkmaid carrying a full pail on her head. She daydreams about buying chickens with the milk's proceeds and becoming so rich from selling eggs that she will toss her head at suitors; she then tosses her head and spills the milk. Widely translated from the original Greek, the story was the source of a proverb and was used figuratively by the 16th century. Today it is still so well known that it often appears shortened and usually in negative cautionary form ( don't count your chickens).
See also: before, chicken, count, hatch

down the hatch

Drink up, as in " Down the hatch," said Bill, as they raised their glasses. This phrase, often used as a toast, employs hatch in the sense of "a trap door found on ships." [Slang; c. 1930]
See also: down, hatch

booby hatch

(ˈbubi...)
n. a mental hospital. I was afraid they would send me to the booby hatch.
See also: booby, hatch

Down the hatch!

exclam. Let’s drink it! (see also hatch.) Down the hatch! Have another?
See also: down

hatch

n. the mouth. (see also Down the hatch!.) Pop this in your hatch.

down the hatch

Slang
Drink up. Often used as a toast.
See also: down, hatch

batten down the hatches

To prepare for an imminent disaster or emergency.
See also: down, hatch
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Our objectives were to investigate individual variation in incubation behavior and nest attendance during the early incubation period through direct behavioral observations and to evaluate the effects of this variation on hatching interval of the Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris).
Nests were checked once a day between 0800-1100 hrs to identify the laying date of each egg, the laying order of eggs within a clutch, clutch size, hatching date, hatching order, and hatching success.
Just before hatching, the tail of the embryo is 1 3/4 of the way around the yolk and the tail tip is even with the posterior margin of the eye.
Successful hatching was observed in all of the temperature treatments, but hatch patterns (time to first hatch, peak hatch, and hatch duration) were negatively related to temperature as indicated in the series of exponential decay, two-parameter models shown in Figure 3 (see Table 1 for model parameter estimates).
Although the hatching process of leafhopper eggs might commence with the first light stimulus at dawn for all temperatures, the hatching of first instars could continue much later in the day when temperatures are cool enough to slow hatching activity.
We hypothesize from above laboratory data that in late winter and early spring, when temperatures are relatively low in the mornings, hatching of Homalodisca eggs will be staggered, whereas during late spring and summer when morning temperatures are relatively high, hatching and emergence of first instars will be synchronized, occurring on the same day for the most part.
He predicts that animals facing greatly varying risks will be most likely to have emergency hatching.
Although some premature hatching occurred spontaneously, most of the time, wasps were the cause, she says.
The clearance of the ZILOS-tk(R) provides the clinical embryologist with a welcome alternative for performing assisted hatching.
We ascertained which chick hatched from each egg during the hatching period by visiting each nest every 3 hrs (0600-1900 hrs) during daylight until all eggs hatched.
Hamilton Thorne is ideally positioned to sell Cell Robotics' IVF laser-assisted hatching technology, because our automated sperm analyzer is sold to the same customer base with a corresponding price range and an equivalent level of technical complexity.
So Guillette's team began surveying the hatching rate of eggs on various lakes: in all, more than 1,200 nests accounting for morte than 50,000 alligator eggs.
In this randomized study, one patient's embryos received the laser assisted hatching treatment and three were assigned to a control group with no hatching.
A biologist has found what he calls the "best worked-out" example of diet influencing an animal's development: a caterpillar that grows to look like either a flower or a twig, depending on what it eats after hatching.
While some dinosaurs appear to have been early developers that could walk about immediately after hatching, others remaining in the nest and relied on doting parents for sustenance, report John R.