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keep house

To maintain one's household, especially by performing housework such as cleaning, etc. It's hard to keep house to the same standards that you used to before you had kids.
See also: house, keep
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

keep house

to manage a household. I hate to keep house. I'd rather live in a tent than keep house. My grandmother kept house for nearly sixty years.
See also: house, keep
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

keep house

Manage a household, especially do the housework. For example, It's difficult to find time to keep house when you work full-time. [c. 1600]
See also: house, keep
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.

keep ˈhouse

cook, clean and do all the other jobs around the house: She had given up her career to devote herself to the task of keeping house and raising a family.
See also: house, keep
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