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Bat·ten

(bat'ĕn),
Frederick E., British ophthalmologist, 1865-1918. See: Batten-Mayou disease, Batten disease.
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MORE signs of consumers battening down the hatches to clear debts has left experts predicting a "patchy and fitful" economic recovery.
Entrepreneurs see growth as more important than battening down the hatches," said Julie Teigland, EMEIA head of strategic growth markets at Ernst & Young.
Broker Hargreaves Lansdown's head of UK equities Richard Hunter said investors in London were battening down the hatches as US recession fears gripped the market.
We managed to get to half time by battening down the hatches and had a couple of chances from set plays.
The official going is heavy, soft in places on the chase course, but the track is battening down the hatches as there is heavy rain forecast for tomorrow.
Rooftop protester Ricky Canty was battening down the hatches today as heavy winds and rain again tested his resolve.