house call


Definition of house call

: a visit (as by a doctor or a repair person) to a home to provide a requested service

Examples of house call in a Sentence

Does your doctor make house calls?

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He's used to making several house calls for service but says that gator traffic has slowed. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land residents find a seven-foot gator under an SUV," 24 May 2018 Their house calls are free and not focused on sales, and can last as long as 90 minutes. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Behind the scenes at Amazon’s Prime Day disaster," 20 July 2018 Did something about your house call out for a palette of white and gold? Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Designer Annie Brahler on Decorating a Landmark Victorian," 1 Apr. 2012 More: White House: Eagles at fault for cancellation, 'abandon their fans' This feel-good tradition of title teams paying house calls to the People’s House is damn near foolproof. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Trump has it wrong: Eagles disrespect their president, not their country," 5 June 2018 Schwab told CBS News after the surprise house call Wednesday. Kimberly Veklerov,, "Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf ‘preparing for the worst’ in federal investigation," 28 June 2018 And his longtime barber from Harbor Barbers in East Chicago makes free house calls to cut Perez’s hair. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Event to benefit Highland police officer, 36, who suffered a stroke," 19 June 2018 Best Buy also has a newish complement of in-home advisers that make house calls and provide advice on things like installation. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Best Buy Is Showing How Retailers Can Keep Amazon At Bay," 24 May 2018 Street droids will make house calls for mail, groceries, and supplies, while fleets of flying drones handle bigger orders. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Lots of Lobbies and Zero Zombies: How Self-Driving Cars Will Reshape Cities," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of house call

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of house call was in 1899

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English Language Learners Definition of house call

chiefly US : a visit by a doctor to someone's house

house call

\ ˈhau̇s-ˌkȯl \

Medical Definition of house call

: a visit (as by a doctor) to a home to provide medical care

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