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batten

1 verb
     
bat‧ten1
1

batten down the hatches

a) to prepare yourself for a period of difficulty or trouble
b) TTW to firmly fasten the entrances to the lower part of a ship
2

batten on somebody

British English formal to live well by using someone else's money, possessions etc - used to show disapproval

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