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1. Literally, in one's place of residence. I was at home all day and the repairman never came. I'm at home now, so feel free to come over.
2. Very comfortable or proficient in a particular area. My mother is at home in the kitchen and can make just about any dish.
3. Matching or suiting a particular environment. Considering her aesthetic, I think that antique chair would be at home in her store.
4. Of a sports team, playing in one's home arena or field, as opposed to one's opponent's facility. The Yankees have been on the road for a while now. When will they be at home again?
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at or in one's dwelling. Is Mary at home, or is she still at work? What time will she be at home?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. In one's own residence, town, or country. For example, Mary was not at home when I called, or Tourists in a foreign country often behave more rudely than they do at home. This idiom was first recorded in a ninth-century treatise.
2. Ready to receive a visitor, as in We are always at home to our neighbor's children. This usage gave rise to the noun at-home, meaning a reception to which guests are invited on a specific day at specific hours (also see open house). [c. 1600]
3. Also, at home with. Comfortable and familiar, as in Mary always makes us feel at home, or I've never been at home with his style of management. [Early 1500s] Also see at ease, def. 1.
4. Also, at home with. Proficient, well-versed in, as in Young John is so much at home with numbers that he may well become a mathematician, or Chris is really at home in French. [Late 1700s]
5. In team sports, playing on one's own field or in one's own town. For example, The Red Sox always do better at home than they do at away games.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. If you feel at home in a particular place or situation, you feel relaxed, comfortable, and happy. The girls seem to be quite at home here and I'm sure they will settle in very well after all the excitement dies down. Melanie is equally at home singing classical music, jazz or performing in musical theatre.
2. If someone or something looks at home somewhere, they look as if it is natural and appropriate for them to be there. The 16-year-old's huge shoulder and arm muscles would look more at home on a male hammer thrower. Le Moulin's painted chairs are typically French, but would look quite at home in an English country kitchen.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
1 (feeling) comfortable or relaxed, as if you are in your own home: I like the city. I feel at home here. ♢ Come in and make yourself at home while I finish cooking the dinner.
2 (of a sports event) at your own ground, club, etc: We’re at home to Oxford United on Saturday, and the week after we’re away to Luton.
3 (of a subject, topic of conversation, etc.) know about and feel confident discussing something: I’m not really at home with French literature. My speciality is the language.
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1. Available to receive visitors: at home on Thursdays.
2. Comfortable and relaxed; at ease: at home in diplomatic circles.
3. Feeling an easy competence and familiarity: at home in French.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.