open house, keep

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]
See also: keep, open
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When going to an open house, keep in mind that the broker can be a great source of information, noted Gail Bergstrom of RE/MAX At Home in Rolling Meadows, Ill.