bring the house down

bring the house down

1. Literally, to raze or demolish a house so that nothing is left standing. Our home was built on unsteady, uneven ground. When the city was rocked by the freak earthquake, it brought the house down on top of us.
2. To perform or entertain so successfully as to cause the audience to erupt in applause, laughter, or cheers for a long stretch of time. She is a rising star as a stand-up comedian, always able to bring the house down during each performance.
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bring the house down

 
1. Lit. to cause a house to collapse. The most severe earthquake in years finally brought the house down. The earthquake brought down all the houses on the hillside.
2. Fig. [for a performance or a performer] to excite the audience into making a great clamor of approval. Karen's act brought the house down. She really brought down the house with her comedy.
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bring the house down

If a person or their performance brings the house down, the audience claps and cheers loudly for a long time because they liked the performance so much. Juliet Stevenson is used to bringing the house down when she appears on stage. We had just one rehearsal and I was so nervous but the show brought the house down. Note: In this expression, the `house' means a theatre.
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bring the house down

make an audience respond with great enthusiasm, especially as shown by their laughter or applause.
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bring the ˈhouse down

(informal) make everyone laugh a lot or clap their hands loudly, especially at a performance in the theatre: Their act brought the house down when they played in London.‘Did he sing well?’ ‘He brought the house down!’
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It was deafening, distressing, and vaguely alarming as if it could bring the house down.
The short boy had gained a great advantage over the tall boy, who was reduced to mortal strait, and both were overlooked by a large heavy man, perched against the corner of a table, who emphatically adjured them to strike a little more fire out of the swords, and they couldn't fail to bring the house down, on the very first night.
He happily pops into her trailer on the set in Morocco for a chat between scenes that will bring the house down.
So his toast to the happy couple is going to bring the house down.
Stevie is bound to bring the house down (or at least the cowsheds) as he takes to the piano to close the festival's 40th anniversary spectacular on the Sunday night.
The touring productio n of `An Inspector Calls' is loaded with surprises - including a stunning climax guaranteed to bring the house down.
WIGMORE HALL can bring the house down by landing the sportingbet.
Of course not every joke can bring the house down, but I think on the average we're doing well and being pretty tasteful,'' he says.
Give Dylan a guitar and Kaz a trumpet and watch the boys bring the house down.
It's not a complaint about Donnellan's smart, beautifully realized production to say that its juxtaposition with the Ridiculous show recalls a famous formulation of Manny Farber's, the faceoff between big handsome white-elephant art and the termite art, the blindly compulsive artmaking, that will eventually bring the house down.
They bring the house down,'' Bob says, watching his ``sons'' practice recently.
MADONNA could literally bring the house down when she plays Moscow next week, it was claimed yesterday.
All was set for a show that would bring the house down and had it gone ahead, actually would have.
Hopefully, that's one act that won't bring the house down.
Folk bands are looking to bring the house down so they can build it back up again.
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