Common Idioms about the House and Home in English

English idioms relating to the house, home, household furniture and equipment


Idioms about the House


1. halfway house

something that combines the qualities of two different things

This band is a halfway house between rock and pop.

2. a house of cards

an organization or plan that is weak and can easily be destroyed.

Their plan turned out to be a house of cards.

3. as safe as houses

be very safe

I've locked the door. They're as safe as houses.

4. eat out of house and home

eat everything in somebody's house

That big dog will eat us out of house and home!

5. get your own house in order

solve your problems or get organized

You should get your own house in order before telling me what to do.

6. house of correction

prison

She said he's out of the house of correction.

7. a house divided cannot stand

an organisation that is divided by internal disagreements will not be able to cope with external pressures

8. get on like a house on fire

if two people get on like a house on fire, they like each other very much and become friends very quickly

My neighbour and I got on like a house on fire from the first time we met.

9. go round the houses

waste time saying a lot of things that are not important before you get to the subject you want to talk about

There's no need to go round the houses, just tell me what's wrong.

10. wear the pants in the house

be the boss in the house, run a household

All right, if you have to wear the pants in the house, have it your way.

11. get a foot on the housing ladder

manage to buy your first house so that you can buy a bigger second one later

It's becoming more difficult for young people to get a foot on the housing ladder.

12. basket house

a bar, coffee, or other public venue where musicians perform and are paid only by the collection of money from the audience in a basket or similar receptacle

Many of the most famous musicians began their careers eking out a living in basket houses around Greenwich Village in New York City.

Idioms "Around the House"


1. throw in the towel

quit, give up

After struggling with my homework, I finally threw in the towel and went to bed.

2. throw money down the drain

waste money

That's a worthless investment. He's throwing his money down the drain.

3. skeleton in the closet

an embarrassing or shameful secret

Most people have at least one skeleton in the closet.

4. hit the roof

become very angry

When I found out Tom crashed my car, I hit the roof.

5. smoke like a chimney

smoke a lot

Jeff smokes like a chimney. I worry about his health.

6. go out the window

no longer exist, disappear

His diet went out the window during the holidays.

7. build castles in the air

create dreams, hopes, or plans that are impossible, unrealistic, or have very little chance of succeeding

You need sound financial advice and a strong plan if you're going to start your own business—don't just build castles in the air.

8. lead (someone) up the garden path

deceive someone

He really led her up the garden path with his promises of promotion and career advancement.

9. everything but the kitchen sink

take a lot of things when you go somewhere

They took everything but the kitchen sink when they went on holiday.

Home Idioms


1. there's no place like home

your home is a special place

The holiday was great! Still, there's no place like home.

2. home sweet home

said to show happiness when returning home after being away

Every evening after work, she enters her house and thinks, "Home sweet home!"

3. home away from house

a place that is as pleasant and comfortable as your own home

When I was young, my best friend's house was my home away from home.

4. make yourself at home

make yourself comfortable

Make yourself at home! Can I get you a drink?

5. close to home

affect someone in a strong and personal away

Some of my relatives criticize the education system. As a teacher, their comments hit close to home.

6. be home and dry

have successfully completed something, as a project or activity

I just need one more source for this essay and then I'll be home and dry.

7. ram (something) home

force somebody to understand something important

The terrible injuries I saw in that accident really rammed home for me the importance of wearing seat belts.

8. home in on

become closer to your target

Police are homing in on the suspects.



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