keep open house

keep open house

To have one's house in a state or condition in which visitors or guests are welcome at any time. We keep open house, so please just drop by whenever you like. It really threw the neighborhood off-kilter the way the Millers kept open house, with people arriving and departing at all hours.
See also: house, keep, open

keep open house

provide general hospitality.
1950 Elizabeth Goudge Gentian Hill All well-to-do Devon farmhouses keep open house on Christmas Eve.
See also: house, keep, open
References in classic literature ?
He would keep open house and entertain like a prince.
On this ground it was always contrived in the dark seasons, when there was little work to be done, and the hours were long, that several neighbours should keep open house in succession.
Let me tell you I have store both of rugs and cloaks, and shall not permit the son of my old friend Ulysses to camp down on the deck of a ship--not while I live--nor yet will my sons after me, but they will keep open house as I have done.
You're not going to keep open house for all the poor of London,' pursued Pancks.
A I GATHER that while you may keep open house for the sons who are on drugs, they don't live with you full-time.
Mam Mary would cook three times each evening, wash 30 sets of running gear every week, and keep open house to all the athletes in the area providing them with meals when they required them.
Church secretary Catarina Lendi works there part-time, and the Jonssons keep open house on Thursday afternoons.
Rossdale said: "I keep open house and provide a lot of financial help for my friends, as Bob Marley did.