bring the house down

bring the house down

1. Literally, to raze or demolish a house so that nothing is left standing. Our home was built on unsteady, uneven ground. When the city was rocked by the freak earthquake, it brought the house down on top of us.
2. To perform or entertain so successfully as to cause the audience to erupt in applause, laughter, or cheers for a long stretch of time. She is a rising star as a stand-up comedian, always able to bring the house down during each performance.
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bring the house down

 
1. Lit. to cause a house to collapse. The most severe earthquake in years finally brought the house down. The earthquake brought down all the houses on the hillside.
2. Fig. [for a performance or a performer] to excite the audience into making a great clamor of approval. Karen's act brought the house down. She really brought down the house with her comedy.
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bring the house down

If a person or their performance brings the house down, the audience claps and cheers loudly for a long time because they liked the performance so much. Juliet Stevenson is used to bringing the house down when she appears on stage. We had just one rehearsal and I was so nervous but the show brought the house down. Note: In this expression, the `house' means a theatre.
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bring the house down

make an audience respond with great enthusiasm, especially as shown by their laughter or applause.
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bring the ˈhouse down

(informal) make everyone laugh a lot or clap their hands loudly, especially at a performance in the theatre: Their act brought the house down when they played in London.‘Did he sing well?’ ‘He brought the house down!’
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It was deafening, distressing, and vaguely alarming as if it could bring the house down.
The short boy had gained a great advantage over the tall boy, who was reduced to mortal strait, and both were overlooked by a large heavy man, perched against the corner of a table, who emphatically adjured them to strike a little more fire out of the swords, and they couldn't fail to bring the house down, on the very first night.
Two of The Netherlands' top DJs, Dexter and Tom Waist are scheduled to bring the house down at Electric Picnic as they deliver the unique sounds of the Dutch capital to the fields of Stradbally.
And veteran rockers Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are on target to bring the house down when they close the festival tonight with their last ever UK performance as The Who.
MANILA -- This Saturday, as she graces Manila, she will be sure to bring the house down with nonstop dancing that will last till the wee hours of the morning.
One to bring the house down THERE is nothing quite like the roar that erupts from the packed stands as the tapes go up for the first race of the meeting, but the cheer which will greet Cue Card if he is leading the pack up the hill some four minutes later will surely run it close.
But Hugh returned to bring the house down with the old favourites, kicking off with Sometimes, followed by the entire album, including Goodbye Toulouse, Peaches, Hanging Around and Down In The Sewer.
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It was the last day in the old pub and if the farewell party didn't bring the house down the bulldozers certainly would.
Jonathan Corbett, exotic vegetable buyer at Tesco, says: "These little green chillis bring the house down when they're served, because there's no way of telling which one is the hot one.
Baby-faced gangsters are set to bring the house down when they perform the hit musical Bugsy Malone.
AFTER seeing the Scissor Sisters bring the house down at the Brits, the pressure was on for them to deliver at their first acoustic gig.
This is not to say Selig didn't almost bring the house down with laughter when he quoted the Beatles.
But now Jodie Kidd, 20, is set to bring the house down with her own designs
It's not a complaint about Donnellan's smart, beautifully realized production to say that its juxtaposition with the Ridiculous show recalls a famous formulation of Manny Farber's, the faceoff between big handsome white-elephant art and the termite art, the blindly compulsive artmaking, that will eventually bring the house down.
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