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open house

noun
1.
a party or reception during which anyone who wishes may visit to share in a celebration, meet a special guest, etc.
2.
a time during which a school, institution, etc., is open to the public for exhibition or for some specific occasion.
3.
a house hospitably open to all friends who may wish to visit it.
Idioms
4.
keep open house, to be prepared to entertain visitors at any time:
They keep open house for artists and writers.
Origin of open house
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30
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open house

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) an occasion on which an institution, such as a school, is open for inspection by the public Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) open day, at-home
2.
keep open house, to be always ready to provide hospitality
3.
(US & NZ) a house available for inspection by prospective buyers
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