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[hous-top] /ˈhaʊsˌtɒp/
the top or roof of a house.
from the housetops, publicly; generally:
The day I got my promotion I wanted to shout it from the housetops.
Origin of housetop
First recorded in 1520-30; house + top1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Would you have Crane get out on the housetop an' shout to you to go an' cruel Porter's mare?

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • There are some things which may be whispered in the closet, but should not be shouted on the housetop.

    Laws Plato
  • I told her that I loved you, just as at that moment I might have shouted it from the housetop.

  • Why must we go to the housetop and shout our woes to the universe?

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • Is it upon the housetop, mother, having a spree all on its little alone?

  • It is the pulpit of the reformer and the housetop of the fanatic, this soap-box.

    Americans All Various
  • Over the housetop, from across the street, came the gay music of the fiddler.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • We now arrive at the vision which Peter saw upon the housetop.

  • Yet better to be the crystal and be broken, he felt, than the tile upon the housetop.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • However, to dwell on the housetop is an expression which symbolizes desolation.

    The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
British Dictionary definitions for housetop


the roof of a house
proclaim from the housetops, to announce (something) publicly
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