To Batten Down The Hatches

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Google images, "Batten down the hatches"

Google images, “Batten down the hatches”

Meaning:

We batten down the hatches when we get ready for trouble or prepared for an emergency. A similar expression is “To be on your guard”.

 

Google images, "Batten down the hatches"

Google images, “Batten down the hatches”

Origin:

This is a nautical expression coming form the 1800’s. When there was a storm, sailors got ready to confront it by nailing pieces of canvas and wood (battens) all over the hatches (entrance ways to the cargo  area below deck) of their ships in order to protect both the ships and their precious merchandise and belongings. Nowadays, people do the same when they protect the windows of their houses to get protected from an oncoming hurricane.

 

Google images, "Batten down the hatches"

Google images, “Batten down the hatches”

Example:

• My family and I have been buying groceries and saving money as well because some financial experts forecasted a crisis for next year. We are not sure if this will happen so but we are battening down the hatches just in case.
Google images, "Batten down the hatches"

Google images, “Batten down the hatches”

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