make (oneself) at home

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make (oneself) at home

To enter a particular place and make oneself comfortable, feeling free to behave as if one lived there. Often used as a polite imperative in the phrase "make yourself at home." Come in and make yourself at home! I'm just finishing up a few things in the kitchen. He really makes himself at home when he stays over, huh? Is that your sweater he's wearing?
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make yourself at home

An invitation to enter a particular place and make oneself comfortable, feeling free to behave as if one lived there. Come in and make yourself at home! I'm just finishing up a few things in the kitchen.
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make oneself at home

to make oneself comfortable as if one were in one's own home. Please come in and make yourself at home. I'm glad you're here. During your visit, just make yourself at home.
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Make yourself at home.

Fig. Please make yourself comfortable in my home. (Also a signal that a guest can be less formal.) Andy: Please come in and make yourself at home. Sue: Thank you. I'd like to. Bill: I hope I'm not too early. Bob: Not at all. Come in and make yourself at home. I've got a few little things to do. Bill: Nice place you've got here.
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make oneself at home

Be at ease, act as though one were in one's own home. For example, I have to make a phone call but please make yourself at home, or Tim has a way of making himself at home just about anywhere. This expression was first recorded in 1860. Also see at home, def 3.
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make yourself at home

COMMON If you make yourself at home somewhere, you relax and feel comfortable as if you were in your own home. Arnold and Gwen had found the hidden key and made themselves at home. Once the boat left, the passengers all made themselves at home. Note: You say make yourself at home to a guest to invite them to behave in an informal, relaxed way. `Sit down,' Anne said. `Make yourself at home.' Please make yourself at home. Help yourself to anything you want.
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References in classic literature ?
Some heads were bowed upon folded arms, some lay back with open mouths that issued unconscious music; the flies buzzed and bit, unmolested, the rats swarmed softly out from a hundred holes, and pattered about, and made themselves at home everywhere; and one of them sat up like a squirrel on the king's head and held a bit of cheese in its hands and nibbled it, and dribbled the crumbs in the king's face with naive and impudent irreverence.
The peasants and their children were idle, as a general thing, and the donkeys and chickens made themselves at home in drawing-room and bed-chamber and were not molested.
The other strangers--they were six in all--strolled about with an air of ease, put their heads through the door of the storeroom, congregated round the grave, pointed understandingly at the cross, and generally made themselves at home.
THE Coyotes arrived in Liverpool last month, and already they have made themselves at home on Liverpool's Bold Street.
A host of City stars have reportedly made themselves at home there.
BOSTON Washington's talented guards made themselves at home at Boston's Christmas party.
As you would expect it didn't hang about on the market for long and new tenants have already moved in and made themselves at home.
Wasps have made themselves at home at the Ricoh but the commute from their training base has proved a problem.
Some unauthorized visitors from Japan have made themselves at home in Newport.
Then some of the famous faces in the cast made themselves at home in the town - with actors Allen Leech and Rob James-Collier, who play Tom Branson and Thomas Barrow, popping into the Tanners Arms for a pint, chatting to locals and posing for the odd photograph.
A number of children climbed on board, where they made themselves at home among the bookshelves, and gathered together to listen to books read aloud by Maxwell Stoneman, the embassy's Second Secretary, and Jane Jaffer, local writer and the woman behind the initiative.
Protesters made themselves at home after invading the luxury estate of Ukraine's ousted president Viktor Yanukovych yesterday and were stunned by the opulence.
But as One Snowhill's occupiers made themselves at home, work came to a grinding halt on phases two and three, with just the concrete cores left standing as a monument to the credit crunch.
The site compound is a hive of activity but the family had certainly made themselves at home.
SEVEN scruffy but loveable foxes have made themselves at home in my garden over the past few years.