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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.
See also: down, hatch

batten down the hatches

To prepare for an imminent disaster or emergency.
See also: down, hatch
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LIKE Chelsea, Real Madrid were forced to batten down the hatches as they were dominated by Bayern Munich in the Bernabeu last week.
While it's looking like jingle tills for Asda, Clarke warned of a challenging 2013 as families batten down the hatches to cover January's household bills.
HUDDERSFIELD was warned to batten down the hatches today.
MIDLANDERS were again being warned to batten down the hatches as gale force winds were forecast to sweep the region tomorrow.
Just as it was recovering from the freak tornado which ravaged parts of Kings Heath, Balsall Heath and Spark-brook last July, it is now being told to batten down the hatches in preparation for more storms ahead.
Batten down the hatches, break out the blankets and keep an eye out for flying branches and Christmas decorations: Powerful, cold winds are expected to rip through the region today, forecasters said.
It is difficult but we just have to batten down the hatches.
Peterborough were forced to batten down the hatches after half-time, but stunned Town with quickfire goals from defender Tommy Rowe, striker Craig Mackail-Smith - his 35th of the season - and skipper Grant McCann in the 78th, 80th and 85th minutes to secure their third promotion in four campaigns.
Meanwhile out in the Atlantic a storm is brewing and after it's too late for them to batten down the hatches, it hits the coastline, the house creaks, they wear their hearts on their sleeves and guess what?
WAYNE Hennessey is preparing to batten down the hatches at Ipswich tomorrow, insisting Wolves' can put a dent in the Tractor Boys' unblemished home record.
The Met Office said: "It's time for householders to batten down the hatches.
Although you would not cross the road to watch some of his teams batten down the hatches, Pulis (above) has put out more fires than Red Adair.
A flight attendant came on the intercom to breathlessly tell us to batten down the hatches and that the toilets were now out of bounds, even though everyone suddenly needed them.