man of the house

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man′ of the house′

the male head of a household.
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Cousin Ann's husband had died, and John, Rebecca's favorite brother, had gone to be the man of the house to the widowed cousin.
Right at the front door, in a high-backed leather-bottomed armed chair, with crooked legs and puppy feet like the tables, is seated the old man of the house himself.
Thereupon, the man of the house, who had hitherto pretended to have no English, and driven me from his door by signals, suddenly began to speak as clearly as was needful, and agreed for five shillings to give me a night's lodging and guide me the next day to Torosay.
'The man of the house is a lawyer, is he not?' said the lodger.
Of course, the man of the house was behind the wheels.
Noonpie and her siblings knew they were not my blood cousins because their parents told them, but I did not know, and because I was loved with the severity and kindness any cousin receives, I spent some afternoons studying old photos of the man of the house: a tall very black black man.
She said: "Perhaps if another boy comes in he (Ziggy) won't feel the need to be a man of the house.
Gerald Ford was first and foremost a man of the House. Tip O'Neill would have understood, and he would have showed up.
When his dad's gone, he says he's the man of the house: 'I've got to take care of things.'"
The first chapter of Luke includes the Annunciation, emphasizing that Mary is betrothed to a man of the house of David (1:27) and that her Son is to be regal (1:32-33).