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|present participle||battening down|
|past tense||battened down|
|past participle||battened down|
The ship had battened down, ready for the storm.
The plastic sheeting can be used to cover a roof but it has to be securely battened down.
With interest rates set to rise, it’s time to batten down our budgets.
This is the American English definition of batten. View British English definition of batten.
a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …add a word
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