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Batten down the hatches

The origin of this phrase comes from the medieval times when travelling by ship was commonplace in order to go to a new territory. The word hatch literally refers to the opening in the deck space of the ship. When the captain suspected bad weather, he would get the men to cover the grating or the open deck with tarpaulin and wooden strips which were known as battens. The sailors would refer to this activity as battening down.

Hence, this idiom means

> To be prepared to face imminent trouble
> To foresee issues and be prepared for the same


The army is wise to batten down the hatches near the border when our neighbouring country seems to be so hostile.

Head of the company advised his senior team members to batten down the hatches to deal with post covid 19 business crisis

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