Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “batten down the hatches”

See all translations

batten down the hatches

to fasten the entrances to the lower part of a ship using wooden boards to prepare for a difficult situation: When you're coming down with flu all you can do is batten down the hatches and wait for it to pass.
Translations of “batten down the hatches”
in Chinese (Traditional) 釘上扣板密閉艙口,封艙, 準備面對困境…
in Chinese (Simplified) 钉上扣板密闭舱口,封舱, 准备面对困境…
(Definition of batten down the hatches from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More