To batten down

Related to To batten down: Button down, batten down the hatches
to fasten down with battens, as the tarpaulin over the hatches of a ship during a storm.

See also: Batten

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Time to batten down the hatches ahead of an inevitable recession?
"But what I would say is it's time now for Manchester United to batten down the hatches and for Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to sort themselves out if there is a problem there."
But as you prepare to batten down the hatches spare a thought for any elderly residents who might need a helping hand.
Instead of rain the show was hit by high winds, with tradestands warned the night before to batten down the hatches.
We'll need to batten down the hatches and hope we can produce a solid performance.
ALAN PARDEW claimed Newcastle's first-half display was as good as he's seen as Toon boss - but admitted they had to batten down the hatches to stop a Cardiff comeback.
But there's no need to batten down the hatches yet or find the shovel for the drive.
The intimate Wolverhampton venue was the latest stopoff where it was necessary to batten down the hatches with 'sold-out' signs.
EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS ITV1 Wales, Monday, 10.35pm The residents of an Arizona town are forced to batten down the hatches and reach for the flame-throwers when mutant spiders are created by a toxic waste spill but the rampaging arachnids have 11'ed an insatiable appetite for human flesh.
IT might be time to batten down the storm hatches but that hasn't stopped car makers unveiling their topless models for 2010.
Show me any natural disaster in history that was averted because the Michael Fishes of this world told you to batten down the hatches.
TEESSIDE residents are being urged to batten down potentially deadly trampolines ready for winter.