: going or done by going from one building to the next
house-to-house fighting

Examples of house-to-house in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Williams Bay: No injuries, multiple reports of 'extensive damage' In Williams Bay, located along Geneva Lake, emergency responders conducted a house-to-house search to ensure the safety of residents. Hope Karnopp, Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2024 Over 30 women volunteered to drive their own vehicles to transport others to conferences, for house-to-house canvassing, to meetings in Baltimore, and to myriad other activities supporting the war effort. Mary Ann Ashcraft, Baltimore Sun, 30 Mar. 2024 The killings emphasized the dangers hostages face in areas of house-to-house combat like Shijaiyah, where nine soldiers were killed last week in one of the war's deadliest days for Israeli ground forces. Julia Frankel, arkansasonline.com, 17 Dec. 2023 The epicenter of the fighting, bombardment, and chaos is in Khan Yunis, where Israel’s ground operation entered its eighth day since the collapse of the cease-fire, and where Israeli forces engaged in house-to-house combat with Hamas. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Dec. 2023 Policy experts predict an invasion would result in brutal house-to-house fighting and high civilian casualties. Mallory Moench, TIME, 15 Oct. 2023 Israeli forces will need to engage in house-to-house urban combat against an enemy that is well prepared and committed to making invaders pay for each inch. Daniel Byman and Seth G. Jones, Foreign Affairs, 14 Oct. 2023 Israel’s tactics have always been to move fast, control as much territory as possible, but avoid street-to-street, house-to-house fighting where a weaker opponent can take full advantage of the terrain. Ben Wedeman, CNN, 10 Oct. 2023 The Vermont State Police conducted a house-to-house canvass of the area near the Rail Trail Thursday night but did not locate anyone. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 6 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of house-to-house was in 1844

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“House-to-house.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/house-to-house. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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