keep the home fires burning


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keep the home fires burning

To maintain one's home, especially while one's spouse or other housemates are away. My grandmother often talks about how she kept the home fires burning while Grandpa was away at war.
See also: burning, fire, home, keep

keep the home fires burning

Fig. to keep things going at one's home or other central location. (From a World War I song.) My uncle kept the home fires burning when my sister and I went to school. The manager stays at the office and keeps the home fires burning while I'm out selling our products.
See also: burning, fire, home, keep
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Solihull School's Oh What A Lovely War featured sketches, stories and celebrated songs including Keep The Home Fires Burning and It's A Long Way to Tipperary.
Which is why Prime Minister Gordon Brown today chooses The People to send his own Christmas message to those battling abroad, and their families who keep the home fires burning.
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Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade, Sherman Way and Remmet Street, with the theme ``Military Families Keep the Home Fires Burning.
This includes giving special attention to our families and friends, for they keep the home fires burning while we are gone.
They didn't know what their tomorrows would bring, but through it all they really did keep the home fires burning.
Previous wars not only gave women specific roles, such as within the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, but called upon them explicitly to defend the home front and keep the home fires burning.
Accompanied by harpist Elinor Bennett and Les Morrison on the banjo, she sang Ivor Novello's Keep The Home Fires Burning, Calon Lan and folk song Bachgan Bach O Dincer.
As he puts it, "I couldn't have had a successful career without a strong family to keep the home fires burning while I was away.
SCOTLAND can keep the home fires burning with victory over Spain in today's Dunhill Cup Group Two decider at St Andrews.
You keep it up, and we'll keep the home fires burning.
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However, there are many precautions homeowners can take to keep the home fires burning safely.
Carrying coal to the city and returning with general cargo including sugar from Tate & Lyle, these boats were the juggernauts of their day, supplying vital materials to keep the home fires burning and the wheels of industry turning.
KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING A utility area is a great asset in a home.