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house +‎ warming


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housewarming (plural housewarmings)

  1. (idiomatic) A party to celebrate moving into a new home.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      In the eyes of Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke the apotheosis of the Celebrity was complete. The people of Asquith were not only willing to attend the house-warming, but had been worked up to the pitch of eagerness.
  2. The act of welcoming a person/family to their newly purchased or newly rented home.
    A housewarming gift.
    • 2004, Jacob M Appel, “Gadney's Immunity”, in Southwest Review, volume 89, number 4, page 580:
      They had their first argument on the evening Gadney moved in, their housewarming spat, he later called it.
    • 2011, John Kinsella, The Offering:
      Fortunately, Dave had left them a packet of rollie tobacco and papers for a housewarming