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open house

a party or reception during which anyone who wishes may visit to share in a celebration, meet a special guest, etc.
a time during which a school, institution, etc., is open to the public for exhibition or for some specific occasion.
a house hospitably open to all friends who may wish to visit it.
keep open house, to be prepared to entertain visitors at any time:
They keep open house for artists and writers.
Origin of open house
1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I keep open house and every one who chooses to honor me with a call is welcome.

    The Boy Patrol on Guard Edward S. Ellis
  • She did not keep open house, and hers was not by any means casual hospitality.

    Bird of Paradise Ada Leverson
  • It is only necessary to keep open house to have the pick of the younger ones as your guests.

    Worldly Ways and Byways Eliot Gregory
  • In your place, I should keep open house—I should never be alone.

    Averil Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • The chateau belongs to-day to the Vibrave family, who keep open house for the visitor who would see within and without.

  • Once we could keep open house, but we can now no longer do so.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
  • Always hospitable, it was a delight to him now to keep open house.

  • Because at home you keep open house, you think every body else does the same.

    Wild Oats John O'Keeffe
  • At twenty years it was quite time for him to settle down and keep open house like other men.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • Several families I know of keep open house all the year round.

    Friend Mac Donald Max O'Rell
British Dictionary definitions for keep open house

open house

(US & Canadian) an occasion on which an institution, such as a school, is open for inspection by the public Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) open day, at-home
keep open house, to be always ready to provide hospitality
(US & NZ) a house available for inspection by prospective buyers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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