batten down

phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "batten down":
present tense I/you/we/they batten down he/she/it battens down present participle battening down past tense battened down past participle battened down
1) to make something such as a door or window safe by closing it tightly or fastening it with a piece of wood

The ship had battened down, ready for the storm.

The plastic sheeting can be used to cover a roof but it has to be securely battened down.

2) to get ready or to make something ready for a difficult or dangerous situation

With interest rates set to rise, it's time to batten down our budgets.

3) batten down the hatches
a) to prepare for a difficult or dangerous situation by taking action to protect yourself
b) to close the entrances to the lower part of a ship very tightly, especially in a storm

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • batten down the hatches — 1》 Nautical secure a ship s tarpaulins. 2》 prepare for a difficult situation. → batten …   English new terms dictionary


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