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apartment house a building containing a number of individual apartments; apartment building.
boardinghouse a residence that provides rooms and meals to paying lodgers.
clean house to force out all undesired people or things.
clearinghouse a central place where materials or information are collected or maintained, esp. for distribution. [2 definitions]
customhouse a government office or building, usu. at a seaport, where customs on imports are collected and ships are cleared to enter or leave port.
death house a prison building where prisoners awaiting execution are housed, and where execution takes place.
discount house a store that regularly sells merchandise for less than the usual retail prices; discount store.
duplex house a house that has been divided into two separate living units.
engine house a building in which large engines, such as fire engines or locomotives, are kept when not in use.
field house a large building, usu. located at a college or university, suitable for indoor athletic activities, esp. track events, basketball, or gymnastics. [2 definitions]
full house in poker, a hand that contains three of a kind and a pair, such as three aces and two sixes.
halfway house a special residence where people who have been released from institutions, such as mental patients, prisoners, and drug addicts, are helped to adjust to ordinary life.
house arrest legal confinement of a person under arrest in his or her home, a hospital, or a public building rather than in jail or prison.
house of cards any structure, plan, arrangement, or the like that will collapse or fail because of its flimsiness.
house of correction an institution for the confinement and reformation of those convicted of minor offenses who are not regarded as confirmed criminals.
house of ill fame a house of prostitution; bordello; brothel.
house organ a publication put out periodically by a business or other organization for its employees, customers, or the like.
house party the entertainment of guests overnight or for several days in a home, vacation residence, fraternity house, or the like.
house physician the resident physician of a hospital, hotel, or other establishment.
house-raising a coming together of members of a rural community for the purpose of building a home or putting up the framework and roof of a home for another member.