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keep open house
To have one's house in a state or condition in which visitors or guests are welcome at any time. We keep open house, so please just drop by whenever you like. It really threw the neighborhood off-kilter the way the Millers kept open house, with people arriving and departing at all hours.
open house, keep
Provide hospitality for visitors, as in They loved company and kept open house virtually all summer long. This usage differs from the plain open house, which refers to a particular occasion or period when a home or institution is open to visitors or prospective buyers. [First half of 1500s]
keep open houseprovide general hospitality.
1950 Elizabeth Goudge Gentian Hill All well-to-do Devon farmhouses keep open house on Christmas Eve.