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Definition of hatch noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(also hatchway) an opening or a door in the deck of a ship or the bottom of an aircraft, through which goods to be carried are passed
  2. 2a door in an aircraft or a spacecraft an escape hatch
  3. 3an opening or a door in a floor or ceiling a hatch to the attic
  4. Idioms
      batten down the hatches
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    1. 1to prepare yourself for a period of difficulty or trouble A natural tendency in times of recession is to batten down the hatches and think about our own needs.
    2. 2(on a ship) to firmly shut all the entrances to the lower part, especially because a storm is expected
    down the hatch (informal) (saying)
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    used before drinking something, especially to express good wishes before drinking alcohol
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hatch

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