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 Hats and Caps.Hatchet. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Put on the hatches. Figuratively, shut the door. (Anglo-Saxon, hæc, a gate. Compare haca, a bar or bolt.)   1
   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.   2
“And though his soul has gone aloft,
His body’s under hatches.”

 Hats and Caps.Hatchet. 


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