hatches, matches, and despatches

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hatches, matches, and despatches

dated A phrase once used to refer to the sections of newspapers that discussed births ("hatches"), weddings ("matches)", and deaths ("despatches," a variant spelling of "dispatches"). No, those two did get married—I saw it in the hatches, matches, and despatches.
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hatches, matches, and despatches

the births, marriages, and deaths columns in a newspaper. humorous, dated
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The data aids animal management, conservation, research, and education and ensures hatches, matches and despatches of species are accurately recorded using the Zoological Information Management System - a global system pioneered by research staff at Dudley Zoological Gardens.
WE don't normally do hatches, matches and despatches in this column, but will make an exception to wish good luck to Alison McCombe, daughter of trainer June, who ties the knot with erstwhile Belle Vue and Doncaster racing manager Stephen Gray, now with Paddy Power, today.
Packed with photos and stories from the Street, 40 Years of Coronation Street (pounds 20) documents all the storylines and there's a complete diary of every anniversary, an account of hatches, matches and despatches as well a Who's Who family tree for key characters from the Street.