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on the house

Paid for by or courtesy of the merchant or the establishment. I'm so sorry that you have had such an unenjoyable evening. Please accept this bottle of wine on the house as an apology. Don't worry, this round is on the house.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

on the house

[of something] given away free by a merchant. "Here," said the waiter, "have a cup of coffee on the house." I went to a restaurant last night. I was the ten thousandth customer, so my dinner was on the house.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on the house

At the expense of the establishment, as in This hotel serves an afternoon tea that's on the house. This idiom uses house in the sense of "an inn, tavern, or other building serving the public." [Late 1800s]
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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.

on the house

(of drinks or a meal in a bar or restaurant) free.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

on the ˈhouse

(especially of alcoholic drinks) given to a customer free by the hotel, restaurant, bar, etc: Drinks are on the house tonight!
See also: house, on
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

on the house

At the expense of the establishment; free: food and drinks on the house.
See also: house, on
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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