house call


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

Example Sentences

Does your doctor make house calls?
Recent Examples on the Web On Thursday morning, Sir Graham Brady, who as chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs acts as high executioner for moribund Conservative leaders, came to pay a house call on Truss at Number 10. Rosa Prince, CNN, 20 Oct. 2022 Since astronauts’ final house call, in 2009, Hubble has developed some wear and tear. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 25 Feb. 2022 After his appointment, Barreto grabs breakfast and then heads to his first house call of the day. Michael Forster Rothbart, Scientific American, 10 June 2022 Although the house call business recently launched, McKeithen has been a veterinarian for 10 years. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, 13 Feb. 2022 You artist hired piercers for a Galentine's Day house call to treat her team to body jewelry. Glenn Garner,, 13 Feb. 2022 In May, Moore told me that a suspect in a case of hers should be expecting a house call from the police soon. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 Rightfully so, Cael Porter started the early fireworks for the Mustangs with a 47-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Blayk Kelton and a 66-yard house call to put his team up 14-0 early in the first quarter. Austin Nicholson, The Arizona Republic, 15 Nov. 2021 For Messier, winning the Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar on Sunday afternoon was more like a house call than a commitment. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of house call was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“House call.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

house call


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