Batten down the hatches - If you batten down the hatches, you prepare for the worst that could happen to you.
Don't catch your chickens before they're hatched - This means that you should wait until you know whether something has produced the results you desire, rather than acting beforehand. ('Don't count your chickens until they've hatched' is an alternative.)
Down the hatch - This idiom can be said before drinking alcohol in company.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hacche, AS. hæc, cf. haca, the bar of a door, D. hek, gate, Sw. häck, coop, rack, Dan. hekke, manger, rack. Prob. akin to E. hook, and first used of something made of pieces fastened together. Cf. Heck Hack a frame
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. hacher, to chop.
He looked at the square of evening light which glimmered through the hatch.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
Sunny Boy was acquainted with Mr. Hatch.
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White
If all goes well, in a few days the eggs will hatch.
"The Renewal of Life; How and When to Tell the Story to the Young" by Margaret Warner Morley
For several days I visited the hive, and found new hatched worms in it.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
The hatch-cover was thrown back.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
It coiled its great body compactly in gay-colored folds on the hatch and lay still.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
From these eggs there hatch worms which burrow under the bark until they cut off the flow of the sap.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
After the meal, the captain inquired of the officer at the main hatch whether they would be permitted to go on deck.
"The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet" by Kenneth Ward
The hatching follows soon after the laying.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
At the end of that time the eggs hatch out into little chicks.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
By Faith I unseen Being see
Forth lower beings call,
And say to nothing, Let it be,
And nothing hatches all.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
Too slow are they for wrath to hatch,
Too hot for time to rear.
Old Kraken kept unwinding watch;
He marked his day appear.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
No, sure, a miël shoulden stratch
Between woone's geärden an' woone's hatch.
A man would like his house to stand
Bezide his little bit o' land.
"Eclogue:--John An' Thomas" by William Barnes
The crocus prick with its spears aglow
'Gainst the rallying flakes of the routed snow,
The isle—keeping titmouse wed and hatch,
And the swallow come home to its native thatch:
"The Passing Of The Primroses" by Alfred Austin
"The Court Retainers, Sir, abound;
Places for not one-third are found.
The vermin hatch, and become pests,
Sooner than we can find them nests.
Then let solicitations end--
No nest is vacant for your friend."
"Preferment" by William Hutton
She eyed en; and, as when a weir-hatch is drawn,
Her tears, penned by terror afore,
With a rushing of sobs in a shower were strawn,
Till her power to pour 'em seemed wasted and gone
From the heft o' misfortune she bore.
"Additions: The Fire at Tranter Sweatley's" by Thomas Hardy
Three weeks later she hatched six baby chickens.
Today should be hatch day.
The next Disney Channel Original Movie, Hatching Pete, stars Jason Dolley and Mitchel Musso airs March 7.
I like to hatch sea monkeys with my class and observe them as representatives of crustaceans.
Mama turtles lay their eggs into the sand, and when the babies hatch , they just know to head right into the water.
These little guys had no idea that they were hatching right into a sea being pummeled by a hurricane.
Hatch: Romney 'only real chance' Mormons have at White House.
On the "pro-" side, from left, Sens Gordon Smith, Tom Harkin, Orrin Hatch and Arlen Specter.
Big hatch leaves several pros frustrated.
White tigers, a 50-year-old hippo , the alligator hatching festival, a 56-year-old chimpanzee gives birth, the world's smallest frog and more.
This is the second chick hatched by the pair of parents currently at the zoo.
Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), right, and Sen Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), left, are the co-sponsors of the Induce Act.
Just hatched, the kitchen quickly grooving, it's already winning regulars.
Even their eggs can survive space-like conditions, hinting at the possibility of successful hatches on other planets.
Kenner is hatching a plan to develop part of the recreation area commercially.
Figure 7: Distribution of the reconstructed Cherenkov angles for the double radiator run, with AGL 1.035 (hatched histogram) and NaF (solid line).
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The position angle and shape of the inferred bar are hatched in Figure 2.
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar
The hatched bar is our best estimate of the position angle and length, accounting for this bias.
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar
The cone-like domain Al (t) is indicated as an hatched domain in Fig.
Multifractal stationary random measures and multifractal random walks with log-infinitely divisible scaling laws
The hatched region describes expected lag from theory (including both SNR-HII lag and CRF skewness).
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth