Down the hatch

Down the hatch is an idiom that has been in use since the 1800s. We will examine the meaning of the idiom down the hatch, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

Down the hatch means to swallow something. Most often, down the hatch is an idiom that means to swallow an alcoholic drink. The phrase down the hatch is a nautical expression. The metaphor compares the human mouth to the hatch of a ship, and cargo is lowered into it. Down the hatch is most often used as a sort of toast before a person or group of people imbibes in an alcoholic beverage.

Examples

Charlie was swirling it around the glass and Páidí had it straight down the hatch in two seconds. (The Irish Examiner)

Many paczkis went down the hatch during the 2019 Paczki Eating Contest. (The Huron Daily Tribune)

With the promise of instant popularity… down the hatch goes the SQUIP with a swig of green Mountain Dew. (The Shawnee Mission Post)

But once it goes down the hatch, it leaves a powerful punch of liquor on the palate. (Wisconsin News)

But it’s unlikely to take the edge off daredevil diners who want to throw some pufferfish down the hatch after a stressful week. (Science Magazine)