Father of the house

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Father of the house the member of a legislative body who has had the longest continuous service.
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Quotations

  • J. August Strindberg
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    “Family... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.”
  • John Ciardi
    John Ciardi
    “Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.”
  • Winston Churchill
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    “I am a child of the House of Commons. I was brought up in my fathers house to believe in democracy. Trust the peoplethat was his message.”

Usage

In literature:

The father and mother knew the house of old time, and revived for each other old memories.
"Weighed and Wanting" by George MacDonald
She met my father at the house of a lady from whom she used to receive music-lessons.
"Henry Dunbar" by M. E. Braddon
I dreamed that Turkey had gone and told my father, and that he had turned me out of the house.
"Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood" by George MacDonald
Father Golden was head of the house.
"The Green Satin Gown" by Laura E. Richards
Kitty was left in charge of the house and her sick father.
"Tip Lewis and His Lamp" by Pansy
Punctilio is out of doors the moment you are out of your father's house.
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
But I was born of the Royal House, my father squandered his wealth.
"City of Endless Night" by Milo Hastings
Long because of her impatience to see her father and mother, short because of the multifold details to be attended to in Harlowe House.
"Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus" by Jessie Graham Flower
His father was an habitual drunkard, and a frequent inmate of the poor-house.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 59, September, 1862" by Various
Our fathers' houses stood but a few rods apart, and the families lived in habits of the closest intimacy.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 1, Issue 2, December, 1857" by Various
The splendour of her father's house is altogether preposterous; and the island has no resemblance to those of the Cyclades.
"The Life of Lord Byron" by John Galt
But Dwight intervened, Dwight, the father, the master of his house.
"Miss Lulu Bett" by Zona Gale
These matters arranged, the father and son parted for the night, some time after the house-clock had struck the hour of twelve.
"Wyandotte" by James Fenimore Cooper
Stealing out of the house, she went to her father and mother, and told them that Gisippus had deceived her, and married her to Titus.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
He is to be venerated as the instrument of God in saving his father's house and the land of Egypt.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume II" by John Lord
From the house of the khan, we went to that of his eldest son, who had two wives, and lodged next on the right from his father.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. I" by Robert Kerr
The Pope pronounced the separation of the count from his wife, and she returned to her father's house on a pittance of L200 a year.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
It gave the mother a feeling of protection to have them play near the church, as if it were a father's house.
"Betty's Bright Idea; Deacon Pitkin's Farm; and The First Christmas of New England" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Still I would that we were safe in the house of my father.
"The Red Rover" by James Fenimore Cooper
But I have had to be the man of the house since father died.
"The Grafters" by Francis Lynde
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In poetry:

"The Earl of Wemyss was my father,
The Countess of Wemyss my mother;
And a' the folk about the house
To me were sister and brother."
"Fair Annie" by Andrew Lang
And so he went till he came to the doors
Of the ivory house of his father the King,
And all through the golden corridors,
As he passed along, he ceased to sing.
"The Ballad Of Saint Vitus" by Lord Alfred Douglas
Quit thou the parish, town, and ground —
Quit father, mother, friends, and kin —
Quit house and home — if the sweet sound
Of God's word can't be heard therein.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
Father, father, I dread this air
Blown from the far side of despair
The cold cold corner. What house, what hold,
What hand is there? I look and see
Nothing-filled eternity,
And the great round world grows weak and old.
"The Child Dying" by Edwin Muir
I wrote that "she had wronged me when she went away from me--
Though to see her dying mother 'twas her father's victory,
And a woman that could waver when her husband's pride was rent
Was no longer worthy of it." And I shut the house and went.
"George Mullen's Confession" by James Whitcomb Riley
But once as on the lintel of the door
She leaned to watch him while he put to sea,
This happy wife, down-gazing at the shore,
Said sweetly, "It is better now with me
Than it was lately when I used to spin
In my old father's house beside the lin."
"The Mariner's Cave" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

The singer's Father's Day gift to her husband is capable of taking 15 passengers and includes several features you would find in a house.
Reese Bernstein, 9, holds a jar of Mediterranean House Geckos with his father Will Bernstein at the Reptile and Amphibian Appreciation Day at the Natural History Museum, Sunday, October 3, 2010.
Her mother was a headstrong Belgian who, according to "The Crippled Tree," literally kicked her way out of her parents' house to be with Han 's father.
Charlotte Bickmann Hance , age 95, of Linden, NJ, died Friday, Feb 26, 2010, in the Father Hudson House, Elizabeth, NJ.
During her father's Presidency, Alice attracted worldwide publicity, especially when she married Nicholas Longworth - a White House wedding, touted in its day as the "wedding of the century".
Her Father's House and Other Stories of Sicily by Maria Messina, translated from the Italian by Elise Magistro Feminist Press, 196 pp.
Estrada of Sharecake Road in Clintonwas shot and her father was found dead in the house, from an apparent suicide.
Many people still associate the House of Peace with the late Brother Booker T Ashe , who co-founded that ministry with Father Matthew Gottschalk in early 1968.
The traditional Colonial house featured in the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride is now on the market for $1.35 million.
I think I was about 12 years old when my father brought the magic box of television into our house.
Sarah McNair of Fairfax and her father, Scott Myers, outside the 210-square-feet 'tiny house' she built for her masters degree in environmental management policy.
SOUTH PORTLAND — Ronald H Perron, 71, of South Portland, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Jan 15 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, surrounded by his family after a long illness.
Bill Smith walks through the front door of his mother's house at 3 in the afternoon, tall, olive-skinned and handsome, his hair combed back—a mirror image of his late father.
Growing up in San Diego with a father who was a sports anchor meant only one thing -- the topic of conversation in our house usually centered around the Padres, Chargers, Aztecs and even the Clippers.
This daughter of a Mexican father and Mexican-American mother brought the Chicano experience to mainstream literary circles with her first book, The House on Mango Street.
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