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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.
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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]
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keep open house

provide general hospitality.
1950 Elizabeth Goudge Gentian Hill All well-to-do Devon farmhouses keep open house on Christmas Eve.
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The Dowager Duchess of Waveney, though she kept open house for members of Parliament, would have drawn the line at monkeys.
He lived in a magnificent hotel and was one of the matadors of finance, did business with Ouvrard, kept open house, and led the scandalous life of the period,--the life of a Cincinnatus, on sacks of corn harvested without trouble, stolen rations, "little houses" full of mistresses, in which were given splendid fetes to the Directors of the Republic.
Ajayi was very strongly committed to the ideal of the university as a self-regulating community, and when he later went to Lagos as Vice Chancellor, he kept open house at his official residence for all members and employees of the university on New Year's Day.
He and Freda kept open house for any Army officers who were on leave.
James, she kept open house with a library, gambling rooms, music, conversation, wine, and food, attracting a diverse company of intellectuals, politicians, and aristocrats.
Rosa all kept open House seats in Democratic hands.
Populist presidents, like Jackson, kept open house.
Divorcee Mandy Power was a 'sexual adventurer' who had a series of casual and serious lovers and kept open house at her home.
The Victoria Ground is just across the road and before matches Phil, 32, kept open house for everyone, visiting fans included.
She kept open house at her palace in the Park and liked nothing better than to visit with her people.
She led a complex life and kept open house at her Clydach address.