men make houses, women make homes

men make houses, women make homes

proverb old-fashioned Men are typically more concerned with the attaining or constructing a house as a functional dwelling place, while women tend to furnish and decorate a house with things that make it feel like one's personal home. A: "All I cared about was whether or not there were four bedrooms in the house for us and the kids, and a yard in the back where they could play—my wife's the one who thought of all the interior design and layout." B: "Well, men make houses, women make homes."
See also: home, make, men, women
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Men make houses, women make homes.

Prov. Men are often the ones who build or acquire houses for their families, but women provide the things that make a house into a home. When William moved into his own apartment, his mother insisted on choosing and arranging the furniture and decorations for him. "Men make houses, women make homes," she said, "and I want you to have a home as nice as the one you grew up in."
See also: home, make, men, women
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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