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keep the home fires burning

To maintain one's home, especially while one's spouse or other housemates are away. My grandmother often talks about how she kept the home fires burning while Grandpa was away at war.
See also: burning, fire, home, keep

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
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He answers the call of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Pacific; she keeps the home fires burning.
He keeps the home fires burning while I bring home the bacon.
Her military mother duties are second nature: getting people ready to serve their country while she keeps the home fires burning.
Finally, can I remind Gordy that behind male entrepreneurs there's usually a woman who keeps the home fires burning by doing more than her fair share and by bringing home today's bread and butter while her male partner dreams of jam for tomorrow.
Branson strides off through the camera flashlights while she supports unconditionally and keeps the home fires burning.