set up house

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of set up house

:to become settled in a house where one is going to live
  • They moved to California and set up house in a suburb of Los Angeles.

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

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

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)


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