An Englishman's home is his castle

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an Englishman's home is his castle

One should be the sole person in control of one's home and the happenings there. Primarily heard in UK. I vehemently oppose any laws that dictate how I behave in the privacy of my own home. An Englishman's home is his castle!
See also: castle, home

An Englishman's home is his castle.

  (British old-fashioned)
something that you say which means that British people believe they should be able to control what happens in their own homes, and that no one else should tell them what to do there An Englishman's home is his castle. The government has no right to interfere in our private lives!
See also: castle, home
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She thought him eccentric, even for an Englishman, and possibly a little vain of his knowledge.
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The Spaniards were so prodigiously afraid of him that, I tell you, sir, I was sometimes proud he was an Englishman.
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It was an infringement of the rule which insists upon the tall hat behind the scenes; but in France foreigners are allowed every license: the Englishman his traveling-cap, the Persian his cap of astrakhan.
The sight of the civilized girl and the dapper, khaki clad Englishman had aroused in Korak memories long dormant.
It would not be right for an Englishman to permit himself to be treated in that way, without retaliating.
As I came into the public room, I saw one of our Englishman bargaining with a dealer for a horse, his own having died yesterday from bleeding.
The day after that in which the scene we have just described had taken place on the road between Bellegarde and Beaucaire, a man of about thirty or two and thirty, dressed in a bright blue frock coat, nankeen trousers, and a white waistcoat, having the appearance and accent of an Englishman, presented himself before the mayor of Marseilles.
Blanche, Maria Philipovna, and Polina Alexandrovna in one of them, and the Frenchman, the Englishman, and the General in attendance on horseback
It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.
Washington and I were the guests of Englishmen in their country homes, where, I think, one sees the Englishman at his best.
I bet fifty imperials"- he spoke French that the Englishman might understand him, but he did, not speak it very well- "I bet fifty imperials.
The Waziri gone, the Belgian summoned one of Achmet Zek's trusted blacks to his tent, and dispatched him to watch for the departure of Tarzan, returning immediately to advise Werper of the event and the direction taken by the Englishman.