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ba tuhn

  • n  stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber
  • n  a strip fixed to something to hold it firm
  • v  furnish with battens
    batten ships
  • v  secure with battens
    batten down a ship's hatches

  • In his essence, the "I" who tells Look Back On Happiness is 79-year-old Knut Hamsun himself, as fierce and fine an old man as ever declined to batten on the adulation of fools.
  • Yet as the government bails out banks and consumers batten down for a long, bleak recession, the BBC's public funding via a license levy on all households with a TV set is .
  • It's been a batten-down-the-hatches kind of year, and you don't throw out the captain in the middle of a storm.
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  • Q2 Thursday 5:30 p.m. top stories 6.13.2013
    Billings residents batten down the hatches as a severe thunderstorm and a suspected micro-burst hammer the city. Take a look at the damage left behind.The storm knocking out power to more than 13,000 Yellowstone County residents. Plus, the fate of convicted killer Barry Beach is once again in the hands of the Montana Supreme Court. (and more)
    June 14, 2013 - KTVQ Billings
  • It's rain, drizzle and yawn; storm fury bypasses area
    Dark clouds move past overhead. Buck Fellers of Valley Amusements works to batten everything down and remove what might blow away before weather hits the site of the Dooms Volunteer Fire Co. Carnival at Constitution Park in Waynesboro on Thursday.
    June 14, 2013 - The Staunton News Leader
  • Game Winning Hit By Matt Batten Of St. Joseph Cadets In CIAC Class M Baseball Final
    CIAC Class M final had the number one seeded Highlanders of Northwestern facing the underdog eleven seed Cadets from St. Joseph. We go to the top of the ninth tied 1-1. When Matt Batten is battin hard, sends one deep …
    June 12, 2013 - FOX CT Hartford

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