Down the Hatch

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To drink something quickly

Etymology:

  • This idiom has been used since last few centuries. Hatch is a way or an opening through which the passengers, cargo and crew of ship go by. In the middle of 16th century, an intelligent sailor realized that a drink going into one’s mouth like people and things pass into the ship’s hatch. So, he first used this expression.  
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Today, Maria handed me a glass of whiskey and said, "Down the hatch."

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Down the Hatch':

down the hatchInto the mouth and down the throat, especially with regard to the consumption of a beverage.
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