To keep house

Related to To keep house: go all round the houses
to maintain an independent domestic establishment.
To occupy a separate house or establishment, as with one's family, as distinguished from boarding; to manage domestic affairs.
(Eng. Bankrupt Law) To seclude one's self in one's house in order to evade the demands of creditors.

See also: House, Keep, Keep

References in classic literature ?
After a great deal of haggling and squabbling, Fagin beat down the amount of the required advance from five pounds to three pounds four and sixpence: protesting with many solemn asseverations that that would only leave him eighteen-pence to keep house with; Mr.
Think tank Civitas said that an over-reliance on private sector developers "drip feeding" new properties on to the market is helping to keep house prices high.
MERSEYSIDE councils will receive nearly PS15m from the Government next year to encourage them to keep house building on the rise.
She is the youngest of 12 children and came to this country from Scotland in 1929 to keep house for her brothers, who had emigrated earlier.
Julie aims to study the rare, red-capped mangabey monkeys, while Guy's task is to keep house, utilising all of his survival experience.
Scott told MSPs to keep house profits made using Holyrood allowances.
Included in lease is right to keep House Boat on site, and to harvest stone crabs.
Thanks to the insanity of the cost of houses, interest rate rises are now causing problems; other measures are now needed to keep house inflation under control.
However, there is mounting criticism that house-builders are purposefully controlling supply to keep house prices inflated.
BUILDER Steve Allin knows how to keep house prices HIGH - he builds homes with CANNABIS plants.
Then there's ex-squaddie John, who says: 'I pay my wife Tania a pounds 300 weekly wage to keep house.
If, like me, you're an inept housewife then work at what you do best, hire someone else to keep house and value them above rubies.