set one's own house in order

Definition of set one's own house in order

:to correct the way one does things
  • We should set our own house in order before we criticize them.

Word by Word Definitions

set play
  1. : to cause to sit : place in or on a seat

  2. : to put (a fowl) on eggs to hatch them

  3. : to put (eggs) for hatching under a fowl or into an incubator

  1. : the act or action of setting

  2. : the condition of being set

  3. : a number of things of the same kind that belong or are used together

  1. : intent, determined

  2. : intentional, premeditated

  3. : fixed by authority or appointment : prescribed, specified

own play
  1. : belonging to oneself or itself

  2. used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. : to have or hold as property : possess

  2. : to have power or mastery over

  3. : to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit

  1. : one or ones belonging to oneself

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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