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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theybatten down
he/she/itbattens down
present participlebattening down
past tensebattened down
past participlebattened down
  1. 1
    to make something such as a door or window safe by closing it tightly or fastening it with a piece of wood

    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.

  2. 2
    to get ready or to make something ready for a difficult or dangerous situation

    With interest rates set to rise, it's time to batten down our budgets.

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