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an Englishman's home is his castle

One should be the sole person in control of one's home and the happenings there. Primarily heard in UK. I vehemently oppose any laws that dictate how I behave in the privacy of my own home. An Englishman's home is his castle! I just couldn't stand the way she kept nagging me over the way I behaved in my own house. An Englishman's home is his castle, damn it! Good luck getting the upstairs neighbor to be quiet for once—an Englishman's home is his castle, after all.
See also: an, castle, home

only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun

Used as a warning regarding the extreme midday heat in certain places. The expression, believed to be coined by Rudyard Kipling, was popularized as a line in the 1931 song "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" Noel Coward, mocking the behavior of the English when in hot countries, especially former colonies of the British Empire. Oh no, everything shuts down around here in the afternoon. It's just too hot! Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
See also: and, dog, Englishman, go, mad, out, sun
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an Englishman's home is his castle

When people say an Englishman's home is his castle, they mean that British people believe they have the right to do what they want in their own home, and that other people or the state should not interfere in their private lives. He clearly holds a view that an Englishman's home is his castle and he is entitled to take any steps necessary to secure that.
See also: an, castle, home
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an Englishman's home is his castle

an English person's home is a place where they may do as they please and from which they may exclude anyone they choose. British proverb
See also: an, castle, home
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an ˌEnglishman’s ˌhome is his ˈcastle

(British English) (American English a ˌman’s ˌhome is his ˈcastle) (saying) a person’s home is a place where they can be private and safe and do as they like
See also: an, castle, home
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Our house," added the Englishman with a laugh, "does not do things in that way."
"Ready money." And the Englishman drew from his pocket a bundle of bank-notes, which might have been twice the sum M.
"The horse is here belonging to Mak...Mak...I never can say the name," said the Englishman, over his shoulder, pointing his big finger and dirty nail towards Gladiator's stall.
"If you were riding him," said the Englishman, "I'd bet on you."
D'Artagnan was over him at a bound, and said to the Englishman, pointing his sword to his throat, "I could kill you, my Lord, you are completely in my hands; but I spare your life for the sake of your sister."
The Englishman, delighted at having to do with a gentleman of such a kind disposition, pressed D'Artagnan in his arms, and paid a thousand compliments to the three Musketeers, and as Porthos's adversary was already installed in the carriage, and as Aramis's had taken to his heels, they had nothing to think about but the dead.
The Englishman nodded, but gave no indication whether he intended to accept this challenge or not.
Everyone crowded to the window, the Englishman in front.
It could not have been termed a smile, and what emotion it registered the Englishman was at a loss to guess.
"It is a country far from here," answered the Englishman.
The second charge brought them closer to the Englishman, and though he dropped another with his pistol, it was not before two or three spears had been launched at him.
The Englishman, a surveyor from a London office, assented with enthusiasm.
"He is also," the Englishman continued, "prepared to pay another thousand for a satisfactory explanation of the murder of Mr.
And yet I do not wish to see so valiant a man mishandled, and so I will, for friendship's sake, ride after this Englishman and bring him back to you."
He was afraid that Baynes would interfere with his own plans, and he had hit upon a scheme to both utilize the young Englishman and get rid of him at the same time.