house warming

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house warming

  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) Presented as a way of welcoming someone to a home into which he or she recently moved.
    A house warming gift.


house warming (plural house warmings)

  1. (idiomatic) A party to celebrate moving into a new home.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, 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. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) The act of welcoming a person/family to their newly purchased or newly rented home.
    • 2004, Jacob M Appel, “Gadney's Immunity”, 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