hatch, match and despatch

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



hatch suggests birth, as in the hatching of an egg; match suggests marriage, as in the matching of bride and groom; and despatch suggests death.


hatch, match and despatch (uncountable)

  1. (humorous, nickname) The Office of Births, Marriages and Deaths.
  2. {especially in the form: the hatched, matched and despatched) The section of a newspaper where notices of births, deaths and marriages are given.


hatch, match and despatch (not comparable)

  1. Attending church only very infrequently, as for baptism, marriage, and funeral.
    He is a hatch, match and despatch Catholic [or Baptist, etc.].