safe as houses


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safe as houses

Totally secure, as in If you buy Treasury bonds, your money will be safe as houses but you won't get a large return . In today's security-conscious climate, where alarm systems to deter housebreaks have become increasingly common, this simile may seem puzzling. Presumably it uses house in the sense of "a shelter from the elements." [Late 1800s]
See also: house, safe
References in classic literature ?
When it comes to music I am as safe as houses, and I assure you, Tibby, I am by no means pleased by everything.
he echoed, scornfully; "if she were only that I should feel safe as houses.
A voice on the bridge whispered: "It's an odd shot--straight down almost--but as safe as houses.