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keep house

to manage a household. I hate to keep house. I'd rather live in a tent than keep house. My grandmother kept house for nearly sixty years.
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keep house

to clean, wash clothes, cook, and do other similar jobs in a home His cousin Ella lived there and kept house for both of them.
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keep house

Manage a household, especially do the housework. For example, It's difficult to find time to keep house when you work full-time. [c. 1600]
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Respond said some are not lending below certain levels - just to keep house prices from plummeting in value.
Mom loves to keep house, and still wants to try at 100.
Firms are looking for cost saving and governments have failed to keep house inflation under control.
The system, called "blacklining", was to keep house prices in the areas up, advocate Ian Truscott told Paisley Sheriff Court.
Officers at Little Park Street police station's community safety bureau say Operation Key Safe, launched in December to keep house and car keys out of sight, has been a tremendous success.
Sarah brusquely responded to this implied criticism by saying that if she was the first lady she would "neither keep house nor make butter.
Joan is dismayed by Josie's inability to keep house given the good example she feels she set.
Chf Insp Colin Reynolds said his priority was to tackle violent crime and keep house burglaries down.
Someone was watching her, someone did this on purpose," said daughter Tanya, 21, who moved back home after her mother's disappearance to keep house for her father and brothers, Anthony, 24, and Joseph, 17.
But the influential Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warned the Chancellor to keep house prices in check and to maintain control over spending.
Keep house plants in good condition with a care kit
Keep house plants in great condition with this care kit
The woman's job was to keep house and bring up the family and a good job most made of it.
Included in lease is right to keep House Boat on site, and to harvest stone crabs.
They keep houses warm in the winter and cool in the summer, which reduces energy bills, they clean our air, they look great, they increase the value of your home and it's been shown that having trees in an area makes people happier.