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proclaim (something) from the housetop(s)

To share some news or information publicly and with as many people as possible. I was ready to proclaim from the housetop that we'd be having a baby, but my wife wanted to wait for a while before we made the news public. I know you want to proclaim it from the housetops that you came in first in your class, but you should think about how it might make the other students feel and have a bit of modesty about it.
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proclaim (something) from the housetops

To share some news or information publicly and with as many people as possible. I was ready to proclaim from the housetops that we'd be having a baby, but my wife wanted to wait for a while before we made the news public. I know you want to proclaim it from the housetops that you came in first in your class, but you should think about how it might make the other students feel.
See also: housetop, proclaim

scream (something) from the housetop(s)

To share some news or information publicly and with as many people as possible. I was ready to scream from the housetop that we'd be having a baby, but my wife wanted to wait for a while before we made the news public. I know you want to scream it from the housetops that you came in first in your class, but you should think about how it might make the other students feel and have a bit of modesty about it.
See also: scream

shout (something) from the housetop(s)

To share some news or information publicly and with as many people as possible. I was ready to shout that we'd be having a baby from the housetops, but my wife wanted to wait for a while before we made the news public. I know you want to shout it from the housetop that you came in first in your class, but you should have a bit of modesty about it.
See also: shout

proclaim (or shout) something from the housetops

announce something publicly.

shout, etc. something from the ˈhousetops/ˈrooftops

(informal) tell something to everyone: Don’t shout it from the housetops, will you? I want to keep it a secret just between us for a while.He was in love and wanted to shout it from the rooftops. OPPOSITE: keep quiet about something

shout from the housetops/rooftops, to

To publicize something. Obviously antedating electronic communication, this term echoes a slightly different one in the Bible, where Jesus exhorts his disciples to spread the word of God: “Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops” (Luke 12:3).
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In Acts 10, after the vision to Cornelius, who is told to send messengers to Peter, we find Peter in prayer upon a housetop. While in prayer, a vision of "unclean" animals in a sheet is lowered from heaven.
Performers like Irene Castle made the new dances elegant and acceptable; the younger set could learn the new steps by day at the Castles' dance schools and, by night, show off their abilities at cabarets like their Castles in the Air and New York Roof(the latter, perhaps, parodied in Twilight Sleep as the Housetop).
On every lawn, housetop and sidewalk for three square blocks there were sparkling lights, gigantic displays of Santas and manger scenes and, to my amazement, snow.
Every housetop and plaza was filled with anxious and joyous faces.
King Davids, we meditate business, and you must now be bathing on a housetop in the pool of evening, Bathsheba.
Then, applying the text to the life of the young virgin, Jerome writes: "But it is not enough for you to go out from your native country, unless you forget your people and your father's house and, despising the flesh, are united in your bridegroom's embraces."(32) Jerome follows this up with a number of quotations or allusions to Scripture, stressing the theme of ascetic renunciation: Genesis 19:17 ("Do not look back or stay anywhere on the plain; flee to the mountains or else you will be taken captive"); Luke 9:62 ("No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God"); and Matthew 24:17-18 ("The one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat").
Electrify their villages." The government of Indonesia, for example, has installed more than 36,000 rural solar systems, 50-watt housetop modules that power batteries and lights in remote areas years away from being connected to a grid.
Decorating his table is the artificial tree bought at Pavillion's after-Christmas sale, and when it sings "Up on the Housetop" and jiggles to and fro, the animation is all too much for him.
"The book apparently is a major effort in the campaign of a determined group of totalitarian thinkers led by such housetop shouters as Harold L.
Like Marin's observer from the deck of the Sears Tower or Bloch's utopian who has climbed from the nocturnal labyrinths to the castle in the air, West is positioned precisely here, "up two flights of stairs and then up a shorter one, [...] upon a belvedere on the housetop" (115).
The highest man in the country has been dragged into the financial scandal and the leader of the Opposition Nawaz Sharif is shouting from the housetop about the rampant corruption in the presidency.
Some of the songs included on the album are: Jingle Bells, Up On the Housetop, Silent Night, What Child Is This, O Come All Ye Faithful, plus music from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and Handel's Messiah.
In the midst of physical pain and loss, the psalmist sings, "I have watched, and am even as it were a sparrow : that sitteth alone upon the housetop" (Prayer 464, Psalm 102:7).
Commonly used geometric patterns include: the "star," for its physical and spiritual references; the "housetop," built with strips of horizontal and vertical bars suggesting a birds-eye view of a housetop; the "log cabin," similar to a housetop except that bars alternate between light and dark colors; the "bar" design, straight strips of different fabrics that run the length of the quilt; and the "sampler" or "everybody" quilt, made of separate blocks of designs sewn together.