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batten down the hatches

to ​fasten the ​entrances to the ​lowerpart of a ​ship using ​woodenboards to ​prepare for a ​difficultsituation: When you're coming down with ​flu all you can do is batten down the ​hatches and ​wait for it to ​pass.
(Definition of batten down the hatches from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “batten down the hatches”
in Chinese (Simplified) 钉上扣板密闭舱口,封舱, 准备面对困境…
in Chinese (Traditional) 釘上扣板密閉艙口,封艙, 準備面對困境…
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