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keep house

To maintain one's household, especially with performing housework such as cleaning, etc. It's hard to keep house to the same standards that you used to before you had kids.
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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.
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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]
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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.
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Indeed, a moderate decline among adult men in total participation in 1990 relative to the mid-1980s is attributed to more men reporting that they are keeping house.
However, I think we all know the reality is that supply is now outstripping demand and the buy-to-let market is partly to blame for keeping house prices artificially high.
AN item appeared in the ECHO (The insider November 13)entitled Keeping House for Yoko.
I love him very much,'' she says of Friedle, but stresses she's not even thinking of their keeping house together at this time.
Nick Nolte, who has been keeping house for some five years with Vicki Lewis - the wacky, gum-chewing secretary on ``NewsRadio'' - says they haven't gotten around to making any plans for marriage, but he notes, ``I have nothing against it.
The first session of the Cabinet of Ministers in 2014 is to deal with considering a draft law that enables to restructure the debt accumulated from non-payment for keeping houses and adjacent territories, for communal services (water supply, gas and electric supplies, centralized heating, handling of household waste) as of January 1, 2014.