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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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.
At the death of her mother in 1943 she came home to keep house for her father.
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.
Admiration for Boehner will grow in retrospect as his successor demonstrates how hard it is to keep House Republicans from forming a circular firing squad.
MERSEYSIDE councils will receive nearly PS15m from the Government next year to encourage them to keep house building on the rise.
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.
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. Why have a dog and bark yourself?'