one's house in order

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

house play
  1. : a building that serves as living quarters for one or a few families : home

  2. : a shelter or refuge (such as a nest or den) of a wild animal

  3. : a natural covering (such as a test or shell) that encloses and protects an animal or a colony of zooids

  1. : to provide with living quarters or shelter

  2. : to store in a building

  3. : to encase, enclose, or shelter as if by putting in a house (see 1house)

order play
  1. : to put in order : arrange

  2. : to give an order to : command

  3. : destine, ordain

  1. : a group of people united in a formal way: such as

  2. : a fraternal society

  3. : a community under a religious rule


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