batten down

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Verb1.batten down - furnish with battens; "batten ships"
beef up, fortify, strengthen - make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strengthen the relations between the two countries"
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vt sep to batten down the hatchesdie Luken schalken (spec)or dicht machen; (fig: = close doors, windows) → alles dicht machen; (= prepare oneself)sich auf etwas gefasst machen
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Time to batten down the hatches ahead of an inevitable recession?
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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.
SHELL have warned of more job cuts as the energy giant batten down the hatches for a "prolonged downturn" in oil prices.
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 this year has taught us that when the criticism comes, we need to really batten down the hatches and make sure we get results.