hatch, match and despatch

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

hatch, match and despatch (uncountable)

  1. (humorous, nickname) The Office of Births, Marriages and Deaths.

Adjective[edit]

hatch, match and despatch (not comparable)

  1. (of church attendance, humorous) Very infrequent; attending only for baptism, marriage, and funeral.
    He is a hatch, match and despatch Catholic [or Baptist, etc.].