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Bat·ten

(bat'ĕn),
Frederick E., British ophthalmologist, 1865-1918. See: Batten-Mayou disease, Batten disease.
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We will batten down the hatches and try to keep going but if things get worse we will have to cut more jobs.
IT'S a case of batten down the hatches as Birmingham braces itself for another miserable weekend of torrential rain.
BRITAIN was told to batten down the hatches yesterday as it faced the backlash of America's Hurricane Floyd.
But to West Coast residents, the prewinter El Nino period is a time to batten down the hatches and ponder once again Mother Nature's potential for whimsical destruction.
Here, around the club, we're going to batten down the hatches and pull together.
Those of us who escaped the weather will today go to the football, rugby, racing or the sales - or batten down the hatches for another day at home with family and friends.
SCOTS have been warned to batten down the hatches tomorrow when severe gales are set to batter the country.
They'll do everything they can to keep the students' attention and batten down the hatches so they'll concentrate on the education process.
Californians bracing for earthquakes should consider preparing for times when they'll have to batten down the hatches.
IT'S time to batten down the hatches as storms, heavy flooding and even snow could be coming.