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set up housekeeping

Move in together, as in Couples today often set up housekeeping long before they marry. [ Mid-1800s ]
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  • It would be rather extraordinary for her to go there and set up housekeeping alone.

    The Benefactress Elizabeth Beauchamp
  • That is, I suppose, he had not sufficient means to set up housekeeping?

  • He stayed as long as suited him, and left when he set up housekeeping with a view to his wedding.

    Chronicles of Martin Hewitt Arthur Morrison
  • My landlord was a butler, who had married a cook, and set up housekeeping.

    A House to Let Charles Dickens
  • Within a week the two were on such intimate terms that they set up housekeeping together.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • Neither of them should be permitted to set up housekeeping on its own account.

  • "Diane and I plan to 'set up housekeeping,'" he told Chet, and Chet saw him smile whimsically at the words.

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
  • When he was married later, he gave him some fine mahogany furniture, from his own home, to set up housekeeping with.

  • “If you will do as I do we will go off together into the woods and build a house and set up housekeeping,” said the Sheep.

  • And in accordance with that idea he set up housekeeping in London upon a scale that implied a very complete cessation of income.

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells

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