One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a child) play at being a family in its home.‘I suggested exploring the woods or playing house’
- ‘She loves mermaids, playing house, and it also came with lots of little things: a flower shower, a little boat, a tiny slide.’
- ‘When children play house, doctor-nurse or police-thief, they are not looking for an audience.’
- ‘Living in the cottage in the early days felt like we were playing house.’
- ‘But I'm sure if you nicely explain your feelings, your folks would agree with you that playing house as kids means little when it comes to having a real boyfriend.’
- ‘She hated playing house in the first place anyways, but Auntie insisted that she played with the girls on the street and made friends.’
- ‘They make a joke of it, and look like little kids playing house by calling it a marriage.’
- ‘A favorite game for her was simply to take the broom out into the dusty front ‘yard,’ sweep out lines to form rooms, and play house.’
- ‘Mum and Dad have gone off on an epic trip north for a couple of weeks leaving us here to play house.’
- ‘I am a responsible member of society, but I still feel like a kid playing house, expecting the real world to catch up with me any second.’
- ‘When my friends' 4-year-old wants to play house, I cheerfully pretend to drink tea from her little cup.’
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