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house-sit Syllabification: house-sit
(also housesit)

Definition of house-sit in English:


[no object]
Live in and look after a house while its owner is away.
Example sentences
  • But, by a quirk of fate, she had agreed to house-sit for a friend in the north of the Caribbean island and, although the roof was blown off, they were unhurt.
  • When there's absolutely no one at home, Papa house-sits for us, since he lives right down the hall, which would be the reason why I called him.
  • Our children no longer live in Thailand, so we have nobody to house-sit for us.



Example sentences
  • A bunch of home-grown flowers makes the perfect gift for your neighbourly house-sitter, and you never know, when it's their turn to travel, they might do the same for you!
  • In some cases, if you have a pet and choose to hire a reputable pet-sitter or house-sitter, this can be your contact person.
  • I am fairly happy in my own company but I feel these years are as important to me as they are to him and that I have become little more than a house-sitter or caretaker to our property.


Example sentences
  • Something's really wrong, and I may need you to do some house-sitting for me.
  • I've been very lucky with Tokyo rents, doing a couple of house-sittings before finally finding a roommate.
  • We would love to do some house sitting while getting ourselves settled back in England again.

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