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hatch vb.: (2 chiefly “under” or “beneath the h-es,” which is now associated with the mod. sense of ‘grated framework covering the hatchway’)
1. half-door, gate or wicket with an open space above Err. III. i. 33, John I. i. 171 “In at the window, or else o'er the ” (=born irregularly), V. ii. 138 “take” (=jump over) “the hatch,” Lr. III. vi. 76.
2. pl. movable planks forming a kind of deck in ships Tp. I. ii. 230, Wiv. II. i. 95, 2H6 III. ii. 103 “I stood upon the hatches,” R3 I. iv. 13, Per. III. i. 72.
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 3.6
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    • William Shakespeare, King John, 5.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 3.2
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