on the house

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - on the house

"on the house"

at the expense of the establishment;



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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on the house

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How much did we have to pay for that rush job?

Colleague 2:  It was free.

Colleague 1:  Really?  Why was that?

Colleague 2:  I was told that we have given them so much business lately that our small order was on the house this time.

Colleague 1:  Great!

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on the house

A couple are planning their vacation ...

Wife:  I like the looks of this hotel.

Husband:  Does it have a complimentary breakfast?

Wife:  In fact, breakfast and a packed lunch are on the house.

Husband:  A free lunch? Let's book that hotel.

on the house - Usage:


on the house - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for on the house.

on the house - Examples:

1)  ... team was invited to visit one of the casinos for food and entertainment on the house

2)  The complimentary Hampton on the House Breakfast is a great way to start the day. 

3)  The accompaniments are usually on the house (you have to order a main though!). 

4)  ... featuring good food, good friends, and good fun -- on the house!

5)  Glass of wine on the house when you attend. 

6)  ... where winners get their lobster cooked on the house.

7)  ... come to a Vegas party on a private plane and all the chips on the house.

8)  ... and every option gives you the first month on the house.

9)  The Knife&Fork will be serving soup and sherry on the house for the exhibition, ...

10)  ... insisted on serving him coffee on the house, ...

11)  ... arrangements with restaurants is that you give my friend and I a meal on the house in exchange for Instagram coverage and reviews, ...

12)  ... who plays the keyboards in the band. Oh, and drinks on the house.

13)  ... all motorists to drop by, rest and relax with some light refreshments on the house, before resuming your journey.

14)  She insisted that the birthday cake for my daughter was on the house.

15)  ... and a couple of lovely meals thrown in? All on the house, of course. Just call it relationship building between an appreciative City of London ...

16)  The barman brings over two lychee martinis, "on the house".

17)  Diners usually enjoy the meal on the house if they demolish the food within a stipulated time.

18)  In addition, the property provides free on-the-house hot breakfast as well as ...

19)  Yes, you can sleep with a fellow Olympian, on the house.

20)  ... Alberta with ID showing you're from Fort Mac, and dinner is on the house.