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adobe house

  • noun a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses
    adobe house; soddy.
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apartment house

  • noun a building that is divided into apartments
    apartment building.
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auction house

  • noun a firm that conducts auctions
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Audit house, Audit room

  • an appendage to a cathedral, for the transaction of its business.
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Banking house

  • an establishment or office in which, or a firm by whom, banking is done.
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Bath house

  • a house used for the purpose of bathing; also a small house, near a bathing place, where a bather undresses and dresses.
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battle of monmouth court house

  • noun a pitched battle in New Jersey during the American Revolution (1778) that ended with the withdrawal of British forces
    Battle of Monmouth; Battle of Monmouth Court House.
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beach house

  • noun a house built on or near a beach
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bee house

  • noun a shed containing a number of beehives
    apiary.
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Boarding house

  • noun a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guests
    boardinghouse.
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  • a house in which boarders are kept.
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british house of commons

  • noun the lower house of the British parliament
    British House of Commons.
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british house of lords

  • noun the upper house of the British parliament
    British House of Lords.
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brokerage house

  • noun place where a broker conducts his business
    brokerage.
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building supply house

  • noun a store where builders can purchase materials for building houses and related structures
    building supply store.
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Burning house

  • (Metal.), the furnace in which tin ores are calcined, to sublime the sulphur and arsenic from the pyrites. Weale.
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Call of the house

  • (Legislative Bodies), a calling over the names of members, to discover who is absent, or for other purposes; a calling of names with a view to obtaining the ayes and noes from the persons named.
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card-house

  • noun an unstable construction with playing cards
    cardhouse; cardcastle; card-house.
    • he built three levels of his cardcastle before it collapsed
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carriage house

  • noun a small building for housing coaches and carriages and other vehicles
    carriage house; remise.
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Chapter house

  • a house or room where a chapter meets, esp. a cathedral chapter.
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Charnel house

  • noun a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited
    charnel.
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  • a tomb, vault, cemetery, or other place where the bones of the dead are deposited; originally, a place for the bones thrown up when digging new graves in old burial grounds.
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Chocolate house

  • a house in which customers may be served with chocolate.
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clean house

  • verb clean and tidy up the house
    houseclean; clean.
    • She housecleans every week
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Clearing house

  • noun a central collection place where banks exchange checks or drafts; participants maintain an account against which credits or debits are posted
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  • the establishment where the business of clearing is carried on. See above, 3.
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coach house

  • noun a small building for housing coaches and carriages and other vehicles
    carriage house; remise.
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coal house

  • noun a shed for storing coal
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conference house

  • noun a center where conferences can be conducted
    conference center.
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Corning house

  • a house or place where powder is corned or granulated.
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country house

  • noun a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country
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crazy house

  • noun pejorative terms for an insane asylum
    crazy house; cuckoo's nest; Bedlam; snake pit; loony bin; booby hatch; madhouse; nuthouse; funny farm; sanatorium; funny house.
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Crimping house

  • a low lodging house, into which men are decoyed and plied with drink, to induce them to ship or enlist as sailors or soldiers.
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Curing house

  • a building in which anything is cured; especially, in the West Indies, a building in which sugar is drained and dried.
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Dark house, Dark room

  • a house or room in which madmen were confined. Obs. Shak.
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death house

  • noun the cellblock in a prison where those condemned to death await execution
    death row.
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deck-house

  • noun a superstructure on the upper deck of a ship
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department of housing and urban development

  • noun the United States federal department that administers federal programs dealing with better housing and urban renewal; created in 1965
    Department of Housing and Urban Development; HUD.
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detached house

  • noun a house that stands alone
    single dwelling.
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detention house

  • noun an institution where juvenile offenders can be held temporarily (usually under the supervision of a juvenile court)
    detention home; detention house; detention camp.
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discount house

  • noun a sales outlet offering goods at a discounted price
    discount store; discounter; discount house.
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distributor housing

  • noun the housing that supports the distributor cam
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dog house

  • noun outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog
    kennel; doghouse.
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doll's house

  • noun a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything
    dollhouse.
  • noun a small model of a house used as a toy by children
    dollhouse.
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duplex house

  • noun a house with two units sharing a common wall
    duplex; duplex house.
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Dwelling house

  • noun housing that someone is living in
    abode; dwelling; domicile; habitation; home.
    • he built a modest dwelling near the pond
    • they raise money to provide homes for the homeless
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  • a house intended to be occupied as a residence, in distinction from a store, office, or other building.
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Eating house

  • noun a building where people go to eat
    eating place; eatery; restaurant.
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  • a house where cooked provisions are sold, to be eaten on the premises.
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european house cricket

  • noun lives in human dwellings; naturalized in parts of America
    Acheta domestica.
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Father of the house

  • the member of a legislative body who has had the longest continuous service.
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federal housing administration

  • noun the federal agency in the Department of Housing and Urban Development that insures residential mortgages
    FHA.
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field house

  • noun a building for indoor sports
    sports arena.
  • noun an athletic facility where athletes prepare for sport
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fish house punch

  • noun a punch made of rum and brandy and water or tea sweetened with sugar syrup
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Flash house

  • a house frequented by flash people, as thieves and whores; hence, a brothel. "A gang of footpads, reveling with their favorite beauties at a flash house." Macaulay.
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Forcing house

  • a greenhouse for the forcing of plants, fruit trees, etc.
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Frame building ∨ house

  • a building of which the form and support is made of framed timbers. U.S.
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frat house

  • noun a house used as a residence by a chapter of a fraternity
    frat house; chapterhouse.
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Frater house

  • an apartament in a convent used as an eating room; a refectory; called also a fratery.
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fraternity house

  • noun a house used as a residence by a chapter of a fraternity
    frat house; chapterhouse.
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free house

  • noun a public house that is not controlled by a brewery and so is free to sell different brands of beer and ale
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Free public house

  • in England, a tavern not belonging to a brewer, so that the landlord is free to brew his own beer or purchase where he chooses. Simmonds.
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full house

  • noun a poker hand with 3 of a kind and a pair
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funny house

  • noun pejorative terms for an insane asylum
    crazy house; cuckoo's nest; Bedlam; snake pit; loony bin; booby hatch; madhouse; nuthouse; funny farm; sanatorium; funny house.
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gambling house

  • noun a public building in which a variety of games of chance can be played (operated as a business)
    gambling hell; gambling den; gambling house.
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gaming house

  • noun a public building in which a variety of games of chance can be played (operated as a business)
    gambling hell; gambling den; gambling house.
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Garden house

  • (a) A summer house. Beau & Fl. (b) A privy. Southern U.S.
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glebe house

  • noun a parsonage (especially one provided for the holder of a benefice)
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Goat house

  • . (a) A place for keeping goats. (b) A brothel. Obs.
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God's house

  • . (a) An almshouse. Obs. (b) A church.
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Halfway house

  • an inn or place of call midway on a journey.
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hash house

  • noun an inexpensive restaurant
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house agent

  • noun a person who is authorized to act as an agent for the sale of land
    land agent; real estate agent; estate agent; real estate broker.
    • in England they call a real estate agent a land agent
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House ant

  • (Zoöl.), a very small, yellowish brown ant (Myrmica molesta), which often infests houses, and sometimes becomes a great pest.
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house arrest

  • noun confinement to your own home
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House boat

  • a covered boat used as a dwelling.
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House car

  • (Railroad), a freight car with inclosing sides and a roof; a box car.
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house cat

  • noun any domesticated member of the genus Felis
    Felis domesticus; Felis catus; domestic cat.
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house centipede

  • noun long-legged centipede common in damp places as e.g. cellars
    Scutigera coleoptrata.
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House cricket

  • (Zoöl.), a European cricket (Gryllus domesticus), which frequently lives in houses, between the bricks of chimneys and fireplaces. It is noted for the loud chirping or stridulation of the males.
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house decorator

  • noun a person who specializes in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings
    interior decorator; designer; interior designer; room decorator; decorator.
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house detective

  • noun a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
    house detective; hotel detective.
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house dick

  • noun a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
    house detective; hotel detective.
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House dog

  • a dog kept in or about a dwelling house.
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House finch

  • noun small finch originally of the western United States and Mexico
    linnet; Carpodacus mexicanus.
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  • (Zoöl.), the burion.
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House flag

  • a flag denoting the commercial house to which a merchant vessel belongs.
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House fly

  • noun common fly that frequents human habitations and spreads many diseases
    Musca domestica; housefly.
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  • (Zoöl.), a common fly (esp. Musca domestica), which infests houses both in Europe and America. Its larva is a maggot which lives in decaying substances or excrement, about sink drains, etc.
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house guest

  • noun a guest entertained in your house
    houseguest.
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house husband

  • noun a husband who keeps house while his wife earns the family income
    househusband.
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House martin

  • noun common small European martin that builds nests under the eaves of houses
    Delichon urbica.
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  • (Zoöl.), a common European swallow (Hirundo urbica). It has feathered feet, and builds its nests of mud against the walls of buildings. Called also house swallow, and window martin.
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House mouse

  • noun brownish-grey Old World mouse now a common household pest worldwide
    Mus musculus.
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  • (Zoöl.), the common mouse (Mus musculus).
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House of bishops

  • (Prot. Epis. Ch.), one of the two bodies composing a general convertion, the other being House of Clerical and Lay Deputies.
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house of burgesses

  • noun the lower house of legislature in colonial Virginia
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House of call

  • a place, usually a public house, where journeymen connected with a particular trade assemble when out of work, ready for the call of employers. Eng. Simonds.
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house of cards

  • noun a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control
    bubble.
    • his proposal was nothing but a house of cards
    • a real estate bubble
  • noun an unstable construction with playing cards
    cardhouse; cardcastle; card-house.
    • he built three levels of his cardcastle before it collapsed
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house of commons

  • noun the lower house of the British parliament
    British House of Commons.
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House of correction

  • noun (formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
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  • . See Correction.
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house of detention

  • noun an institution where juvenile offenders can be held temporarily (usually under the supervision of a juvenile court)
    detention home; detention house; detention camp.
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House of God

  • noun any building where congregations gather for prayer
    place of worship; house of prayer; house of God.
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  • a temple or church.
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house of hanover

  • noun the English royal house that reigned from 1714 to 1901 (from George I to Victoria)
    Hanover; Hanoverian line.
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House of ill fame

  • . See Ill fame under Ill, a.
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house of ill repute

  • noun a building where prostitutes are available
    cathouse; bordello; bagnio; whorehouse; house of prostitution; brothel; bawdyhouse; house of ill repute.
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house of islam

  • noun areas where Muslims are in the majority
    Dar al-Islam.
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house of lancaster

  • noun the English royal house that reigned from 1399 to 1461; its emblem was a red rose
    Lancaster; Lancastrian line.
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house of lords

  • noun the upper house of the British parliament
    British House of Lords.
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house of prayer

  • noun any building where congregations gather for prayer
    place of worship; house of prayer; house of God.
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house of prostitution

  • noun a building where prostitutes are available
    cathouse; bordello; bagnio; whorehouse; house of prostitution; brothel; bawdyhouse; house of ill repute.
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house of representatives

  • noun the lower legislative house of the United States Congress
    House of Representatives; US House; U.S. House of Representatives; United States House of Representatives; U.S. House.
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house of tudor

  • noun an English dynasty descended from Henry Tudor; Tudor monarchs ruled from Henry VII to Elizabeth I (from 1485 to 1603)
    Tudor.
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house of war

  • noun areas where Muslims are in the minority and are persecuted
    Dar al-harb.
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house of windsor

  • noun the British royal family since 1917
    Windsor.
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house of worship

  • noun any building where congregations gather for prayer
    place of worship; house of prayer; house of God.
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house of york

  • noun the English royal house (a branch of the Plantagenet line) that reigned from 1461 to 1485; its emblem was a white rose
    York.
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house organ

  • noun a periodical published by a business firm for its employees and customers
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house paint

  • noun paint used to cover the exterior woodwork of a house
    housepaint.
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house painter

  • noun a painter of houses a similar buildings
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house painting

  • noun the occupation of a house painter
    painting.
    • house painting was the only craft he knew
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house party

  • noun a party lasting over one or more nights at a large house
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House physician

  • noun a physician (especially an intern) who lives in a hospital and cares for hospitalized patients under the supervision of the medical staff of the hospital
    resident; resident physician.
    • the resident was receiving special clinical training at the hospital
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  • the resident medical adviser of a hospital or other public institution.
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house servant

  • noun a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
    domestic; domestic help.
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house sitter

  • noun a custodian who lives in and cares for a house while the regular occupant is away (usually without an exchange of money)
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House snake

  • noun nonvenomous tan and brown king snake with an arrow-shaped occipital spot; southeastern ones have red stripes like coral snakes
    milk adder; checkered adder; milk snake; Lampropeltis triangulum.
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  • (Zoöl.), the milk snake.
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House sparrow

  • noun small hardy brown-and-grey bird native to Europe
    Passer domesticus; English sparrow.
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  • (Zoöl.), the common European sparrow (Passer domesticus). It has recently been introduced into America, where it has become very abundant, esp. in cities. Called also thatch sparrow.
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House spider

  • (Zoöl.), any spider which habitually lives in houses. Among the most common species are Theridium tepidariorum and Tegenaria domestica.
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House surgeon

  • the resident surgeon of a hospital.
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house trailer

  • noun a wheeled vehicle that can be pulled by a car or truck and is equipped for occupancy
    trailer.
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House wren

  • noun common American wren that nests around houses
    Troglodytes aedon.
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  • (Zoöl.), the common wren of the Eastern United States (Troglodytes aëdon). It is common about houses and in gardens, and is noted for its vivacity, and loud musical notes. See Wren.
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house-builder

  • noun someone who builds houses as a business
    homebuilder; housebuilder; home-builder.
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house-proud

  • adjective satellite proud of your house or its furnishings or upkeep
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house-raising

  • noun construction by a group of neighbors
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house-to-house

  • adjective satellite omitting no one; from the door of one house to that of the next
    door-to-door.
    • a door-to-door campaign
    • house-to-house coverage
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house-train

  • verb train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house
    house-train; housebreak.
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house-trained

  • verb train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house
    house-train; housebreak.
  • adjective satellite (of pets) trained to urinate and defecate outside or in a special place
    housebroken.
    • housebroken pets
    • `house-trained' is chiefly British
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houses of parliament

  • noun the building in which the House of Commons and the House of Lords meet
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housing and urban development

  • noun the United States federal department that administers federal programs dealing with better housing and urban renewal; created in 1965
    Department of Housing and Urban Development; HUD.
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housing commissioner

  • noun a commissioner in charge of public housing
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housing development

  • noun a residential area of similar dwellings built by property developers and usually under a single management
    • they live in the new housing development
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housing estate

  • noun a residential area where the houses were all planned and built at the same time
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housing industry

  • noun an industry that builds housing
    construction industry.
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housing project

  • noun a housing development that is publicly funded and administered for low-income families
    housing project.
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housing start

  • noun the act of starting to construct a house
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Ice house

  • a close-covered pit or building for storing ice.
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in the adjacent house

  • adverb at or in or to the adjacent residence
    in the adjacent apartment; next door.
    • the criminal had been living next door all this time
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Inner house

  • (Scot.), the first and second divisions of the court of Session at Edinburgh; also,the place of their sittings.
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Jobbing house

  • a mercantile establishment which buys from importers, wholesalers or manufacturers, and sells to retailers. U.S.
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jook house

  • noun a small roadside establishment in the southeastern United States where you can eat and drink and dance to music provided by a jukebox
    jook house; juke joint; jook; jook joint; juke.
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Joss house

  • noun a Chinese temple or shrine for idol worship
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  • a Chinese temple or house for the Chinese mode of worship.
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juke house

  • noun a small roadside establishment in the southeastern United States where you can eat and drink and dance to music provided by a jukebox
    jook house; juke joint; jook; jook joint; juke.
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Knight marshal, ∨ Marshal of the King's house

  • formerly, in England, the marshal of the king's house, who was authorized to hear and determine all pleas of the Crown, to punish faults committed within the verge, etc. His court was called the Court of Marshalsea.
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lady of the house

  • noun a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income
    lady of the house; homemaker; housewife.
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lamp house

  • noun housing that holds a lamp (as in a movie projector)
    lamp house; lamphouse.
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lamp housing

  • noun housing that holds a lamp (as in a movie projector)
    lamp house; lamphouse.
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Lazar house

  • noun hospital for persons with infectious diseases (especially leprosy)
    lazaretto; lazarette; lazaret; pesthouse.
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  • a lazaretto; also, a hospital for quarantine.
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Leaping house

  • a brothel. Obs. Shak.
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Lodging house

  • noun a house where rooms are rented
    lodging house.
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  • a house where lodgings are provided and let.
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Log cabin, Log house

  • a cabin or house made of logs.
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lombard-house

Lom"bard-house, Lom"bar-house` (Also<
  • Lombard-house
  • Lombar-house
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Etymology
F. or D. lombard. See Lombard, n.
Definitions
  1. A bank or a pawnbroker's shop.
  2. A public institution for lending money to the poor at a moderate interest, upon articles deposited and pledged; -- called also mont de piété.
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Malt house, ∨ Malthouse

  • a house in which malt is made.
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manor house

  • noun the mansion of a lord or wealthy person
    manor.
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Manor house, or Manor seat

  • the house belonging to a manor.
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Mansion house

  • noun a large and imposing house
    mansion; residence; manse; hall.
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  • the house in which one resides; specifically, in London and some other cities, the official residence of the Lord Mayor.
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Mask house

  • a house for masquerades. Obs.
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Masting house

  • (Naut.), a large building, with suitable mechanism overhanging the water, used for stepping and unstepping the masts of vessels.
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meat house

  • noun a small house where smoke is used to cure meat or fish
    smokehouse.
  • noun a small house (on a farm) where meat is stored
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meeting house

  • noun columbine of eastern North America having long-spurred red flowers
    honeysuckle; Aquilegia canadensis.
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Minster house

  • the official house in which the canons of a cathedral live in common or in rotation.
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monmouth court house

  • noun a pitched battle in New Jersey during the American Revolution (1778) that ended with the withdrawal of British forces
    Battle of Monmouth; Battle of Monmouth Court House.
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movie house

  • noun a theater where films are shown
    picture palace; movie theater; movie theatre; cinema.
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Muniment houseroom

  • that room in a cathedral, castle, or other public building, which is used for keeping the records, charters, seals, deeds
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Night house

  • a public house, or inn, which is open at night.
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nut house

  • noun pejorative terms for an insane asylum
    crazy house; cuckoo's nest; Bedlam; snake pit; loony bin; booby hatch; madhouse; nuthouse; funny farm; sanatorium; funny house.
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oast house

  • noun a building containing an oast (a kiln for drying hops); usually has a conical or pyramidal roof
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open house

  • noun an informal party of people with hospitality for all comers
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Opera house

  • noun a building where musical dramas are performed
    opera.
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  • specifically, a theater devoted to the performance of operas.
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Orchard house

  • (Hort.), a glazed structure in which fruit trees are reared in pots.
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Panel house

  • a house of prostitution in which the rooms have secret entrances to facilitate theft by accomplices of the inmates.
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Paper house

  • an audience composed of people who have come in on free passes. Cant
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parker house roll

  • noun yeast-raised dinner roll made by folding a disk of dough before baking
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Pigeon house

  • a dovecote.
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planetary house

  • noun (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
    house; star sign; sign of the zodiac; sign; mansion.
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post house

  • noun an inn for exchanging post horses and accommodating riders
    posthouse.
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Posting house

  • a post house.
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Printing house

  • a printing office.
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Prison house

  • noun a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement
    prison.
  • noun a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
    prison.
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  • a prison. Shak.
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Public house

  • noun tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals
    taphouse; pub; pothouse; saloon; gin mill.
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  • an inn, or house of entertainment.
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public housing

  • noun a housing development that is publicly funded and administered for low-income families
    housing project.
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publishing house

  • noun a firm in the publishing business
    publisher; publishing company; publishing firm.
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pump house

  • noun a house where pumps (e.g. to irrigate) are installed and operated
    pumping station.
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purple chinese houses

  • noun white and lavender to pale-blue flowers grow in perfect rings of widely spaced bands around the stems forming a kind of pagoda; California
    Collinsia bicolor; innocense; Collinsia heterophylla.
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ranch house

  • noun a one story house with a low pitched roof
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Religious house

  • a monastery or convent.
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Rest house

  • noun a building used for shelter by travelers (especially in areas where there are no hotels)
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  • an empty house for the accomodation of travelers; a caravansary. India
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rooming house

  • noun a house where rooms are rented
    lodging house.
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rough-house

  • verb treat in a rough or boisterous manner
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row house

  • noun a house that is one of a row of identical houses situated side by side and sharing common walls
    row house.
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royal house

  • noun royal persons collectively
    royal family; royal line; royalty.
    • the wedding was attended by royalty
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safe house

  • noun a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
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secretary of housing and urban development

  • noun the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was Robert C. Weaver who was appointed by Johnson
  • noun the position of the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was created in 1966
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semi-detached house

  • noun a dwelling that is attached to something on only one side
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Semidetached house

  • noun a house with two units sharing a common wall
    duplex; duplex house.
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  • one of two tenements under a single roof, but separated by a party wall. Eng.
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Senate house

  • a house where a senate meets when it transacts business.
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settlement house

  • noun a center in an underprivileged area that provides community services
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sod house

  • noun a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses
    adobe house; soddy.
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solar house

  • noun a house designed to use solar radiation for heating; usually has large areas of glass in front of heat-absorbing materials
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Spinning house

  • formerly a common name for a house of correction in England, the women confined therein being employed in spinning.
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Sponging house

  • (Eng. Law), a bailiff's or other house in which debtors are put before being taken to jail, or until they compromise with their creditors. At these houses extortionate charges are commonly made for food, lodging, etc.
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Sporting house

  • noun a building where prostitutes are available
    cathouse; bordello; bagnio; whorehouse; house of prostitution; brothel; bawdyhouse; house of ill repute.
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  • a house frequented by sportsmen, gamblers, and the like.
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stash house

  • noun a house where weapons and supplies are hidden
    • attacks on stash houses is the most frequently used method of counterterrorism
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Station house

  • noun a station that serves as headquarters for police in a particular district; serves as a place from which policemen are dispatched and to which arrested persons are brought
    police headquarters; police station.
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  • . (a) The house serving for the headquarters of the police assigned to a certain district, and as a place of temporary confinement . (b) The house used as a shelter at a railway station.
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Steeple house

  • a church. Obs. Jer. Taylor.
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sugar-house

Sug"ar-house` noun
Definitions
  1. A building in which sugar is made or refined; a sugar manufactory.
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summer house

  • noun a country house (usually located in the country) that provides a cool place to live in the summer
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Sweating house

  • a house for sweating persons in sickness.
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Tabling house

  • a gambling house. Obs. Northbrooke.
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tap house

  • noun a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks
    tavern.
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Tenement house

  • noun a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards
    tenement.
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  • commonly, a dwelling house erected for the purpose of being rented, and divided into separate apartments or tenements for families. The term is often applied to apartment houses occupied by poor families.
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terraced house

  • noun a house that is part of a terrace
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The White House

  • the official residence of the President of the United States; hence, colloquially, the office of President. also, a parliament building in Moscow
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third house

  • noun a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
    pressure group; lobby.
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tippling-house

Tip"pling-house` noun
Definitions
  1. A house in which liquors are sold in drams or small quantities, to be drunk on the premises.
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tiring-house

Tir"ing-house` noun
Etymology
For attiring house.
Definitions
  1. A tiring-room. Obs. Shak.
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To break a house

  • (Law), to remove or set aside with violence and a felonious intent any part of a house or of the fastenings provided to secure it.
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To bring down the house

  • to cause tremendous applause. Colloq.
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To keep house

  • to maintain an independent domestic establishment.
  • . (a) To occupy a separate house or establishment, as with one's family, as distinguished from boarding; to manage domestic affairs . (b) (Eng. Bankrupt Law) To seclude one's self in one's house in order to evade the demands of creditors.
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To keep open house

  • to entertain friends at all times.
  • to be hospitable.
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  • noun cookies containing chocolate chips
    chocolate chip cookie.
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Town house

  • noun a house that is one of a row of identical houses situated side by side and sharing common walls
    row house.
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  • . (a) A house in town, in distinction from a house in the country. (b) See Townhouse.
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tract house

  • noun one of many houses of similar design constructed together on a tract of land
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tract housing

  • noun housing consisting of similar houses constructed together on a tract of land
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treasure house

  • noun a storehouse for treasures
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treasure-house

Treas"ure-house` noun
Definitions
  1. A house or building where treasures and stores are kept.
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tree house

  • noun a playhouse built in the branches of a tree
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trugging-house

Trug"ging-house` noun
Etymology
See Trug, n., 2.
Definitions
  1. A brothel. Obs. Robert Greene.
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Turf house

  • a house or shed formed of turf, common in the northern parts of Europe.
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u.s. house

  • noun the lower legislative house of the United States Congress
    House of Representatives; US House; U.S. House of Representatives; United States House of Representatives; U.S. House.
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u.s. house of representatives

  • noun the lower legislative house of the United States Congress
    House of Representatives; US House; U.S. House of Representatives; United States House of Representatives; U.S. House.
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united states house of representatives

  • noun the lower legislative house of the United States Congress
    House of Representatives; US House; U.S. House of Representatives; United States House of Representatives; U.S. House.
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us house

  • noun the lower legislative house of the United States Congress
    House of Representatives; US House; U.S. House of Representatives; United States House of Representatives; U.S. House.
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us house of representatives

  • noun the lower legislative house of the United States Congress
    House of Representatives; US House; U.S. House of Representatives; United States House of Representatives; U.S. House.
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Weather house

  • a mechanical contrivance in the form of a house, which indicates changes in atmospheric conditions by the appearance or retirement of toy images.
    Peace to the artist whose ingenious thought Devised the weather house, that useful toy! Cowper.
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Weighing house

  • . See Weigh-house.
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Welcome-to-our-house

  • (Bot.), a kind of spurge (Euphorbia Cyparissias).
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wendy house

  • noun plaything consisting of a small model of a house that children can play inside of
    playhouse.
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white house

  • noun the chief executive department of the United States government
    EXEC.
  • noun the government building that serves as the residence and office of the President of the United States
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wholesale house

  • noun a sales outlet offering goods at a discounted price
    discount store; discounter; discount house.
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woman of the house

  • noun a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income
    lady of the house; homemaker; housewife.
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Working house

  • a house where work is performed; a workhouse.
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