Manage a household, especially do the housework. For example, It's difficult to find time to keep house when you work full-time. [c. 1600]
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How to use keep house in a sentence
I should take her to Ardmore with me, and find a tiny cottage for her, and maybe she would keep house for Helen and me.Ruth Fielding At College | Alice B. Emerson
At all events one must stay at home to keep house for Mr. Brontë.Emily Bront | A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
I would like to be one myself if I didn't intend to keep house for Tom.Tabitha at Ivy Hall | Ruth Alberta Brown
Sometimes after Christmas, or a birthday, one just feels as if one were trying to keep house in a toy shop.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping | Elizabeth Hale Gilman
I know some clever dolls and their mother who keep house in the cupboard part of an old-fashioned washstand.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping | Elizabeth Hale Gilman