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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Heavy fighting raged in the city of Bakhmut, where the Wagner paramilitary organization and Russian regular forces continued their slow advance in house-to-house battles. Yaroslav Trofimov, wsj.com, 15 Apr. 2023 Advertisement Her neighbors started asking questions about where her husband was, and Taliban security forces were routinely conducting house-to-house searches. Susannah George, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 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 1 Jun. 2023.

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