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BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES

We "batten down the hatches" to prepare for trouble. Hatches are openings in a ship's deck, through which cargo is loaded. Hatch covers were covered with canvas and heavy wooden strips called "battens" to prevent flooding during a storm.