batten down the hatches
prepare for a difficulty or crisis
Batten down the hatches
was originally a nautical term meaning make a ship's hatches secure with gratings and tarpaulins in expectation of stormy weather.
1998 - Oldie - They endured the hard pounding of the Seventies, when Labour battened down the hatches, and soldiered through the follies of the early Eighties.
RELATED IDIOMS :
hatches matches and despatches
the births, marriages and deaths columns in a newspaper, humorous, dated
under the hatches
below deck in a ship
concealed from public knowledge
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