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.

Examples of set up house in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a spot overlooking a meadow in upstate New York, Thomas Phifer and his wife, Jean, have set up house in a handful of black cabins as tightly shingled as the wing feathers of a starling. Scott Frances, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 The premiere immediately takes us back to the creepy cabin in the woods where the girls, their late coach’s son Travis (Kevin Alves), and handicapped assistant coach Ben (Steven Krueger) have set up house. Radhika Menon, ELLE, 23 Mar. 2023 Six young men set up house in an Ibizan villa to compete for the affections of Miriam and a £10,000 ($12,100) cash prize, but the show producers failed to tell them Miriam was trans. Simon Hill, Wired, 4 Aug. 2022 The trunk is deep enough to set up house in, or at least curl up for a nap. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 14 July 2022 Closer to your home, seal the openings where snakes like to set up house. Rose Kennedy, ajc, 20 Apr. 2022 The brothers Schlegel and their wives set up house in Jena, and this became the salon-headquarters of the Jena Romantics. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 Same with most of the individuals who’ve set up house in Texas. Greg Jefferson, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2021 So, my mom set up house in many locations. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, 29 Aug. 2020 See More

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“Set up house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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