Hatches

Put on the hatches. Figuratively, shut the door. (Anglo-Saxon, hæc a gate. Compare haca, a bar or bolt.)

Under hatches.
Dead and buried. The hatches of a ship are the coverings over the hatchways (or openings in the deck of a vessel) to allow of cargo, etc., being easily discharged.

And though his soul has gone aloft,
His body's under hatches.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Hatches from Fact Monster:

  • William Henry Hatch - Hatch, William Henry Hatch, William Henry, 1833–96, U.S. Congressman (1879–95), b. ...
  • Orrin Grant HATCH - HATCH, Orrin Grant (1934—) Senate Years of Service: 1977- Party: Republican HATCH, Orrin ...
  • Jonathan Hatch HUBBARD - HUBBARD, Jonathan Hatch (1768—1849) HUBBARD, Jonathan Hatch, a Representative from Vermont; ...
  • Jethro Ayers HATCH - HATCH, Jethro Ayers (1837—1912) HATCH, Jethro Ayers, a Representative from Indiana; born in ...
  • Israel Thompson HATCH - HATCH, Israel Thompson (1808—1875) HATCH, Israel Thompson, a Representative from New York; ...

Related Content