With profits down over 90 percent and a spate of corporate in-fighting, Best Buy is battening down the hatches.
The battening of this horde soon reduced Southern finances and credit to a grewsome skeleton.
The monsters who had hovered about his neck were battening on his vitals now.
Idleness and fulness of bread have made him what he is—a luxurious and self-willed dreamer, battening on his own fancies.
Here the meaner reptiles--active and prolific--might be seen busily at work, battening on human decay.
Sanitary revolutionists and incendiaries accuse us of gorging rottenness, and battening on corruption.
One hundred and fifty years of outlawry had made the Frochard clan a wolfish breed; battening on crime, thievery and beggary.
The soft twilight was battening down the hatches of the day, to drop into the parlance of the locality.
To battle with the world, instead of battening in luxury, is the joy of life, while there is any pluck and pith.
But since April, Bakkus had been battening on the good Archdeacon, his brother's substantial allowance.
"strip of wood (especially used to fasten canvas over ships' hatches)," 1650s, anglicized variant of baton "a stick, a staff" (see baton). Nautical use attested from 1769.
"to improve; to fatten," 1590s, probably representing an English dialectal survival of Old Norse batna "improve" (cf. Old English batian, Old Frisian batia, Old High German bazen, Gothic gabatnan "to become better, avail, benefit," Old English bet "better;" cf. also boot (v.)). Related: Battened; battening.
"to furnish with battens," 1775, from batten (n.); phrase batten down recorded from 1823. Related: Battened; battening.