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  1. a gathering of persons in a rural community to help one of its members build a house.
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Origin of house-raising

An Americanism dating back to 1695–1705
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of house-raising

  • He was reputed to have used it as one many a time at a house-raising.


    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • And he talked about a house-raising while the weather held fine, and before snow.

  • It showed itself in all the petty details of daily life, in assistance in housework and in the field, in house-raising.

  • Meantime the sixteen that were left went on as they best might with their task, and on October 2nd they had a house-raising.

  • The next day ushered in a crisis in the affairs of the would-be stationers—the house-raising began.

    The Story of Old Fort Loudon

    Charles Egbert Craddock