batten down

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batten down (third-person singular simple present battens down, present participle battening down, simple past and past participle battened down)

  1. (nautical) To close or make watertight, referring to hatches and cargo.
  2. (transitive) To secure.
  3. (intransitive) To prepare for adversity.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In transitive senses the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.

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  • FM 55-501 Marine Crewman's Handbook.