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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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From lighting an open fire, to wrapping our fish and chips in, backing school text books, giving us the local and national news, hatches, matches and dispatches etc.
Its back issues provide local, national and world history in the raw and in great detail: Custer's Last Stand, the Holmfirth Flood, the hunt for Jack the Ripper, the Charge of the Light Brigade, council reports, hatches, matches and dispatches, and the lists of local dead and their sepia photographs from two world wars.
Nobody likes to talk about death or funerals very much - that's one reason why changing the way things are done in this area lags behind progress in other areas of what vicars sometimes jokingly call "hatches, matches and dispatches".
You could say that life is one big hatches, matches and dispatches page.
HATCHES, matches and dispatches are the milestones that mark a nation's health.
KIRKLEES residents will soon have online access to local records of 'hatches, matches and dispatches' from the last 200 years.
This moving film documents hatches, matches and dispatches over one 24-hour period in Bristol.
More hatches, matches and dispatches from the wonderful world of wildlife.