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open house

1. A condition, situation, or event in which a home is open and welcome to visitors at any time. We like to have an open house, so please just drop by whenever you like. It really threw the neighborhood off-kilter the way the Jeffersons kept open house, with people arriving and departing at all hours.
2. A time or state in which a house, apartment, or other residential building that is up for sale may be viewed by prospective buyers. We've been looking for weeks for the right house to buy, but there's an open house this Saturday for one that looks really promising.
3. A specified day in which an organization, especially a school, university, or business, is open for visitation, inspection, or evaluation by members of the public. Primarily heard in US. I wouldn't mind the open house at school so much if we didn't have to act like trained seals for the prospective parents.
See also: house, open

(keep) open ˈhouse

be willing to receive guests in your home at any time, and give them food, drink, etc: It was always open house at their place.
See also: house, open
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In a press release on Monday, the mission stated that the monthly Open House will be held on the last Friday of every month from 3pm to 5pm.
Families enrolling children during the open house will receive a discount on registration fees.
With the added incentive of an Open House Weekend, the prospect for homeowners and landlords to sell or let their properties couldn't be better.
An open house is an excellent way for sellers to open their doors to as many people as possible to view their home, overcoming any possible restrictions around viewing availability.
Sanborn says that the 400 sites in last year's open house attracted 6,000 visits, and the organizers are hoping for 9,000 in 2005.
The second drawing was another way to encourage those who did not join the day of the open house or couldn't make it, to attend our first meeting and experience the benefits of becoming a member firsthand.
Significantly, Rabbi Ezra Spicehandler, a moving force in this latest Open House effort, was once dean of the HUC Jerusalem campus.
The purpose of the open house is to showcase research and development and educate the public about plasma science and fusion energy, said Goldston.
The map displays all the activities and the equipment that were gone from sight during a mid-winter open house.
Century 21 Real Estate LLC today announced October as National Open House Month.
NOVEMBER 4 COLUMBUS Downtown Christmas Open House from 10 a.
com)-- With more than eighty attendees at the 2014 Open House, WARDJet team members had many opportunities to talk one-on-one with visitors, give tours of the facility, and perform waterjet cutting demonstrations.
Dubai: Indian community workers in Dubai and the northern emirates have urged the consulate authorities to resume the Open House event.
IF you are looking to sell your house or buy your next home, the 'MOVE - Open House Weekend' could be right up your street.