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Language: Old English
Origin: hæc

hatch

2 noun
     
Related topics: House, Buildings, Water
hatch2 [countable]
1TTATTW a hole in a ship or aircraft, usually used for loading goods, or the door that covers it
escape hatch (=a hole in an aircraft etc through which you can escape)
2 also hatchwayDHHTBB a small hole in the wall or floor between two rooms, or the door that covers it
3

down the hatch

spoken informal something you say before drinking an alcoholic drink quickly

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