open-house

open house

noun
1.
a party or reception during which anyone who wishes may visit to share in a celebration, meet a special guest, etc.
2.
a time during which a school, institution, etc., is open to the public for exhibition or for some specific occasion.
3.
a house hospitably open to all friends who may wish to visit it.
Idioms
4.
keep open house, to be prepared to entertain visitors at any time: They keep open house for artists and writers.

Origin:
1520–30

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open house
 
n
1.  (US), (Canadian) open day, Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): at-home an occasion on which an institution, such as a school, is open for inspection by the public
2.  keep open house to be always ready to provide hospitality
3.  (US), (NZ) a house available for inspection by prospective buyers

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