hatch (n.)
lower part of a door, half-door, gate
CE III.i.33[Dromio of Syracuse to Dromio of Ephesus] Either get thee from the door or sit down at the hatch
KJ I.i.171[Bastard to Queen Eleanor, of being conceived illegimately] In at the window, or else o'er the hatch
KJ V.ii.138[Bastard to Lewis the Dauphin, of English power] To cudgel you and make you take the hatch [i.e. flee in haste]
KL III.vi.72[Edgar as Poor Tom to all] Dogs leapt the hatch and all are fled
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