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take up one's abode

some place to make some place one's home. I am going to take up my abode in a different city. I will take up my abode in this place and hope to find a job close by.
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humble abode

A self-deprecating way to refer to one's home. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is the source: the insufferable Mr. Collins refers to his patroness Lady Catherine de Burgh with “The garden in which stands my humble abode is separated only by a lane from Rosings Park, her ladyship's residence'' and “But she is perfectly amiable, and often condescends to drive by my humble abode in her little phaeton and ponies.''
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But she is perfectly amiable, and often condescends to drive by my humble abode in her little phaeton and ponies.
of inscription and sign, explained clearly to what abode I had made my way.
If tenderness could be ever supposed wanting, good sense and good breeding supplied its place; and as to the little irritations sometimes introduced by aunt Norris, they were short, they were trifling, they were as a drop of water to the ocean, compared with the ceaseless tumult of her present abode.
Purposely I have taken up my abode where I am now partly to pull myself together, and partly to wait for Mr.
1886, and abode in it until 1892, made it at once the scene of such constant offence that he had no time, if he had the temper, for defence.
As they went along they chanced to pass a deep well, amply supplied with water, and when they saw it, one of the Frogs said to the other, "Let us descend and make our abode in this well: it will furnish us with shelter and food.
His place of abode was in Staffordshire, on a morsel of freehold land of his own--appropriately called Salt Patch.
She mentioned a common name, and an unknown and distant place of abode, but told me they were now on the Continent, and their present address was unknown to her.
But all here were free from such impertinence, not only those whose company is in all other places esteemed a favour from their equality of fortune, but even those whose indigent circumstances make such an eleemosynary abode convenient to them, and who are therefore less welcome to a great man's table because they stand in need of it.
Nature is turning out Wilcoxes in this peaceful abode, so that they may inherit the earth.
And at that time he abode in the town which is called The Pied Cow.
Beaufort had taken effectual measures to conceal himself, and it was ten months before my father discovered his abode.
Our poor place of abode, our humble calling, our assumed relationship, and our assumed name, are all used alike as a means of hiding us in the house-forest of London.
Maylie took up her abode with her son and daughter-in-law, to enjoy, during the tranquil remainder of her days, the greatest felicity that age and worth can know--the contemplation of the happiness of those on whom the warmest affections and tenderest cares of a well-spent life, have been unceasingly bestowed.
The Reverend Frank Milvey's abode was a very modest abode, because his income was a very modest income.