hatches matches and despatches






hatches matches and despatches

the births, marriages and deaths columns in a newspaper, humorous, dated




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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.




under the hatches

below deck in a ship

concealed from public knowledge




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