keep the home fires burning


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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

keep the home fires burning

to keep your home pleasant and in good order while people who usually live with you are away, especially at war They relied on their wives and sweethearts to keep the home fires burning when they marched off to war.
See also: burning, fire, home, keep
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You simply couldn't keep the home fires burning without the ECHO fire lighting ritual, balancing a shovel on the grate and draping across a double-page spread of our largeformat broadsheet to draw air under the fire.
Wartime hits like Keep the Home Fires Burning, Goodbyeee and Pack Up Your Troubles in Your old Kit Bag are there, too, in this Theatre Royal Stratford East production, directed by Terry Johnson with Peter White's musical direction.
Directed by Olivieraward winner Terry Nicholas Then None Johnson, Oh What A Lovely War is packed with popular songs from the First World War including It's a Long Way to Tipperary, Pack up Your Troubles and Keep the Home Fires Burning.
The choir will be singing from its extensive repertoire - with many pieces getting a first outing at the annual concert - with a specially arranged medley including Pack Up Your Troubles, It's A Long Way To Tipperary and Keep The Home Fires Burning to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
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We attended the Keep the Home Fires Burning event and I stayed until midnight to hear names being read.
In the majority of cases, she argued, it was the mother who compromised her job and career to keep the home fires burning.
On those cold nights and frosty mornings we all have to wrap up and keep the home fires burning, but at a price.
CLIVE PLATT is keen to keep the home fires burning as Northampton racked up their eighth win in nine in front of their Sixfields fans.
With an impressive cast, it focuses on a group of military wives who are struggling to keep the home fires burning while their husbands are serving overseas.
Graciously, the band was only too happy to oblige and enjoyed motoring through the likes of Solomon Bites The Worm, Keep The Home Fires Burning and If.
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.
And, as an added bonus, many wood boilers are dual-fuel boilers--they can burn wood while you're home, and propane, natural gas, or fuel oil when there's no one around to keep the home fires burning.
Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade, Sherman Way and Remmet Street, with the theme ``Military Families Keep the Home Fires Burning.