Definition of house in English:
- Real foxes do, indeed, sometimes make their homes under human houses and, increasingly in this country at any rate, under city homes.
- The plaintiffs were required to carry out certain repairs by the local council in order to render houses fit for human habitation.
- Then here were a great many houses; human habitations, full of the mysteries of life at every stage of it.
- Every creak of a floor board or an opening door seems loud enough to wake up the whole house.
- He picked up his cell phone to call her but thought that he would be waking up the whole house.
- I would have called you, but I didn't want to wake your entire house at seven on a weekend.
- Mountbatten was born to a family closely related to the house of Windsor.
- Mar decided to retaliate by raising the standard for the house of Stuart.
- The Picts also practiced matrilineal descent - thus their royal houses all descended through the female line.
- The Reptile House gives visitors an insight into the reptile and amphibian world in its many shapes and sizes.
- The majority of the Zoo's birds live in the beautiful, sanctuary-like Bird House but birds are also scattered throughout other exhibits.
- Jesus, berating the money-changers in the Temple, called the building a house of prayer.
- He also noted that it did not take into account the mosques and Muslim houses of prayer destroyed since 1948.
- It is not right to make a fortress of Christ's church, which is a house of prayer.
- The film board is a Canadian government film production house.
- Purchase recommendations from all of the major financial houses bejewel the company's stock like diamonds.
- The items included kites, toiletries, chocolates, biscuits, washing soaps, breakfast cereals and beans which she sourced from various business houses in the capital city.
- We'll dine at the fanciest and snootiest drive-thru restaurants and waffle houses.
- There are a few trusty pizza houses and French restaurants for those who can't face cooking after a day of strenuous exercise.
- You can sip a cup of tea at the tea house and restaurant inside the garden.
- Most of the picture houses and theatres carried a lot of publicity from their managers' point of view.
- That attendance at theatre houses has dropped can only point to the fact that the quality of productions has not been impressive as has been the investment.
- The community responds and you screen in 800 seat theatres to packed houses.
- Since Gyan's return to the North Coast she has been performing to sellout houses.
- It played six performances to packed houses at Sydney's Conservatorium, and attracted gratifying media attention.
- Later it performed to packed houses at Andrew's Lane Theatre in Dublin
- Giberti, like Sadoleto, chose to reside in his see, where he disciplined his clergy, reformed religious houses, and took the cure of souls seriously.
- Joseph II reduced the number of religious houses belonging to the contemplative orders.
- In England, for example, there were some fifty religious houses in 1066 and perhaps 1,000 monks and nuns.
- No parts of the university were closed to the public (of course, the residential fraternity houses were another matter).
- In the final chapter, Kiely tells us about his adventures as a master of one of Harvard's residential houses.
- The boarding houses are Grange Court, Sandon Lodge, and Hainault House.
- There were eight houses or forms that divided up the pupils at Bishop Luffa and Sherbourne had now become the odd one out, the unlucky one.
- Students are divided into houses based on their special needs or interests.
- From the very start, competition between the houses is encouraged.
- He studied at the Castle, one of four teaching houses of the university which offered two year Arts degrees based almost entirely on the teachings of Aristotle.
- College House is New Zealands oldest and most traditional University College, and is home to 152 students at the University of Canterbury.
- At the state level, some of the legislatures are bicameral, patterned after the two houses of the national parliament.
- The referendum has been widely adopted to protect key aspects of state constitutions, such as the governor and the two houses of parliament.
- This introduced a national parliament with two houses for India.
- The oldest member of parliament, he served as speaker of the house when it first met.
- Ideally, the president of the GMC would present the annual report in public, before a committee of both houses of parliament.
- We accept that a time will come when the houses of parliament and the government will have to agree a final form of the bill that is less than ideal.
- We were influenced by electro, hip-hop, house music, jazz-funk, reggae, everything really.
- I mainly listen to minimal techno house, mostly because that's what I play out.
- Next door, was a cafe run by a former ska musician with a love for house and techno.
- It is also good to have the ruler of the Ascendant and the 2nd house in mutual reception.
- A horoscope needs to be drawn and studied and the meaning of aspects as well as the positioning of houses and planets have to be understood.
- His seventh house contains Mars while Libra is at the Ascendant containing Uranus.
- I look further along and I see the Moon is at the top of the chart in the ninth house at 14 degrees of Virgo.
- The angular houses represent our own ‘seats of power’, places of familiarity and control.
- Every astrology chart is divided into houses, starting with the Ascendant line and working anti-clockwise around the rest of the chart.
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- The study also showed that rather than living in hutches, four out of 10 pet rabbits were house rabbits.
- The cougar reportedly snatched a house cat and ran off into the bush with it.
- It was a paddock for the grazing of house cows and the Governor's horses.
- Business Week, which wants to be the house journal for Web 2.0 badgers, has no doubts.
- This section looks firstly at factors concerned with the fund manager's organisational structure and secondly at matters relating to the implementation of the house policy.
- The main purpose of an external house journal is to promote the organization, its products, and its services.
- As always, the house band will be in residence with all the usual suspects!
- Jim Bridges and Cory Papirny are the house band rhythm section this time around.
- He takes his place near the back of the house band, playing the spoons in perfect tempo.
- The women and children cited by Coleman in the column appear to be housed in shelters.
- If an asylum-seeker turned up with his family I am sure they would be housed in far better accommodation than these poor people have to live in.
- It enables vulnerable people to be housed in suitable accommodation so that they can try and turn their lives around.
- The Van Gogh museum houses the largest collection of this troubled man's masterpieces, and is definitely worth a look.
- The experience of being inside the David and Peggy Rockefeller Building, which houses the museum's new galleries, is uplifting.
- The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is housed in one such building, at 97 Orchard Street.
- The joinery not only meets the requirements of modern engineering, it is the classic housed mortise and tenon joinery that has withstood the test of time.
- A socket for receiving the wedge base electric lamp houses socket terminals serving to retain the electric lamp and to provide contact with lead wires of the electric lamp.
The word house is related to Dutch huis and German Haus, and their ancient ancestor may have been a root meaning ‘to hide’ found also in huddle (late 16th century). The House of Commons was first called by that name in the early 17th century, quickly followed by the Houses of Parliament, and the House of Lords. The house music heard in clubs from 1986 onwards was probably named after the Warehouse, a club in Chicago where the music was first popular. See also hussy
as safe as houses
- British Completely safe.Example sentences
- One man said we were as safe as houses but it unnerves you.
- In comparison Ricardo, the Portuguese goalkeeper, was as safe as houses, and can consider himself unfortunate not to have parried away the Larsson effort, which gave Celtic their winning goal.
- Whilst the opposition parties and various independent bodies warned of the risk of increased electoral fraud, the government pressed on, claiming that the new postal votes were as safe as houses.
get on (or along) like a house on fire
- informal Have a very good and friendly relationship: Gav and my Aunt Janice got on like a house on fireMore example sentences
- ‘We got on like a house on fire,’ she said of her relationship with Chris.
- My friend M went to see this guy and they got on like a house on fire.
- A source revealed: ‘Robbie and Nicole met up last week and got on like a house on fire.’
go (all) round the houses British
- Take a circuitous route to one’s destination.Example sentences
- ‘If nobody takes personal responsibility for the claim it will just go round the houses,’ she warns.
- Well, Andy, our feature writer Stephen Lewis went all round the houses trying to find working telephone numbers for Loadbikes and Cyclone.
- Was he your first choice from the moment you wrote the script, or did you have to go round the houses a little before you came to that conclusion?
- 3.1Take an unnecessarily long time to get to the point: a partner is likely to go all round the houses today, when it’s obvious what they are hinting atMore example sentences
- As my husband says I'm can't say yes I have to go round the houses first and then give an answer which means yes but doesn't feature the word yes.
- If you would just like to ask your solicitor, otherwise it will be a lot of going round the houses to achieve nothing except for saving the defendant having to pay something.
- Experts in language learning recognise the value of going round the houses a bit to avoid those aspects of a language that you have problems with.
house and home
- A person’s home (used for emphasis): some people sell house and home to sit in a boat writing booksMore example sentences
- At the same time, he postulated that ‘a woman's duty is to see to house and home.’
- You certainly love her, but don't forget about all those times when her brother invited himself over for dinner, unannounced of course, eating the two of you out of house and home.
- Also if you get too many deer in one place they can eat themselves out of house and home,’ Mr Cubby added.
a house divided cannot stand
- proverb A group or organization weakened by internal dissensions will be unable to withstand external pressures.Example sentences
- A great man once said that a house divided cannot stand.
- It was Jesus, and much later Abraham Lincoln, that pointed out that a house divided cannot stand.
- ‘The church of Jesus Christ has been divided and a house divided cannot stand.’
house of cards
- A structure built out of playing cards precariously balanced together.Example sentences
- Like a precariously balanced house of cards, the McCartney team collapsed on the eve of a high-profile 2001 launch, due to be held in Trafalgar Square.
- Similarly, our connectedness, our human compact, is sandwiched together like the floors in a house of cards that is easier to knock down than we might think.
- Hustvedt is an excellent writer but the structure of the book seems as flimsy as a house of cards, and the resolution at the end highly unsatisfactory.
- 6.1Used to refer to an insubstantial or insecure situation or scheme: the special constitutional arrangement collapsed like a house of cardsMore example sentences
- As events conspire to topple the rather precarious house of cards that Murdock has built for himself, he comes to realise that he is trapped in an ever-worsening cycle of despair.
- It may be a house of cards or window dressing to those of us who understand security, but the vast majority of the population does not understand security.
- But the pyramid of evidence-based medicine is not solid-it's a house of cards.
keep (or make) a House
- Do the cooking, cleaning, and other tasks involved in the running of a household: a young girl named Roxie came over to keep house for himMore example sentences
- The beneficiary of all this motorized magic was nearly every American who cleans or keeps house.
- I have been instructing her in all the basic cooking and keeping house ways.
- Girls learned how to cook and clean and keep house against the day that they might someday be wed to a wealthy man.
on the house
- (Of a drink or meal in a bar or restaurant) at the management’s expense; free: our first rounds always came on the houseMore example sentences
- The Cretans almost always give you a drink on the house at the start or end of a meal.
- It's the landlord's last night, so the final rounds of drinks are on the house.
- I then informed her that as she was so nice, and this was her first visit to this bar, her drink was on the house.
- (Of a child) play at being a family in its home: I suggested exploring the woods or playing houseMore example sentences
- But I'm sure if you nicely explain your feelings, your folks would agree with you that playing house as kids means little when it comes to having a real boyfriend.
- I am a responsible member of society, but I still feel like a kid playing house, expecting the real world to catch up with me any second.
- She loves mermaids, playing house, and it also came with lots of little things: a flower shower, a little boat, a tiny slide.
put (or set) one's house in order
- Make necessary reforms: the Americans need to put their own economic house in orderMore example sentences
- And the overall message to the arbiters of the city's destiny is blunt and clear - set your house in order or else people will start looking elsewhere when they consider a location for their next round of investment.
- Let us first set our house in order before showing it off to others through the Net.
- They bounced back, put their house in order and became a paradigm of how it can all work out.
set up house
- Make one’s home in a specified place: he moved to Manhattan and set up house on 54th StreetMore example sentences
- In 1751 John Home married, and David and his sister set up house in Edinburgh, moving to slightly more luxurious quarters as his fortunes improved.
- He moved to London in 1964, set up house with schoolteacher Brian Taylor, and worked his way through London and local theatre.
- It wasn't until I started making a list of things I needed to buy that I realised how many accoutrements are involved in setting up house.
houseful noun (plural housefuls)
- Example sentences
- In the pictures from the burial, his wife Marie looked as distressed and tearful as any woman, left alone to bring up a houseful of children without much material support, might be expected to look.
- And I hope we have a houseful of people.
- And in a houseful of a lot of kids, and there were a lot of grand kids around, he would get on top of a chair to get attention if necessary.
- Example sentences
- In the guise of providing shelter to siteless or houseless persons, the owners of immovable properties are made landless and also jobless.
- When they first glimpsed Carmel, it reminded them of the Cornish coast (back then the area was treeless, still largely houseless, and windswept).
- I get on a train, and am disgorged on a dark, houseless Merrylee Road.
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