under the hatches

under the hatches

below deck in a ship

concealed from public knowledge


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.

hatches matches and despatches

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

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