Definition of man of the house in US English:

man of the house

phrase

  • The male head of a household.

    • ‘If men ever dared to reflect wistfully on former glories of patriarchy, high on the list would be the freedom once enjoyed by the man of the house to come and go as he pleased.’
    • ‘According to friends, Luke swiftly assumed the role of man of the house after his parents split up.’
    • ‘Mrs Boone said: ‘After his dad died, he became the man of the house.’’
    • ‘This is quite significant, as it challenges the stereotype that it is always the man of the house who decides what consumer electronic equipment is to be bought.’
    • ‘Yes, he was the man of the house and he made most of the decisions.’
    • ‘In a somber tone, he alluded to the fact that he would not always be around to handle male responsibilities such as this, and someday, I would be the man of the house.’
    • ‘His father left the family and Mitchell recalls telling his mother and siblings: ‘I'll look after you; I'm the man of the house now.’’
    • ‘The great bourgeois world of the past was built on families confident that the man of the house would always have a job and that his income would rise slowly but steadily.’
    • ‘Overnight, young Eddie became the man of the house at just 14.’
    • ‘I think it's because we moved around so much without my dad, and I was kind of forced to be the man of the house.’