one's house in order
Definition of one's house in order
used with put/get/set (etc.) to mean to improve or correct the way one does things We should get our (own) house in order before we criticize others for their mistakes. The company needs to put its financial house in order.
Word by Word Definitions
: to provide with living quarters or shelter
: to store in a building
: to encase, enclose, or shelter as if by putting in a house (see 1house)
: to put in order : arrange
: to give an order to : command
: destine, ordain
: a group of people united in a formal way: such as
: a fraternal society
: a community under a religious rule
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