Meaning of home in English:


Pronunciation /həʊm/

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  • 1The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.

    ‘the floods forced many people to flee their homes’
    • ‘I was nineteen when I left home and went to college’
    • ‘The eye of Hurricane Charley passed directly over the Family Life Center, my home, and the homes of our staff members.’
    • ‘In the Bantul district to the south, villagers told of trying to rescue family members before homes collapsed.’
    • ‘This initiative is designed to help military families repair and maintain their homes while family members are on active duty.’
    • ‘This involved, among other things, inviting them into his own home, and the homes of members of his congregation.’
    • ‘What this means to service members is better homes and shorter waiting lists.’
    • ‘The Beckford minibus travels to members' homes around Warminster, picking them up and taking them home in the evenings.’
    • ‘As many as 80 percent of persons with dementia are cared for in their homes by family members.’
    • ‘A number of local people who have sought planning permission to build homes for members of their family have been turned down.’
    • ‘When food ran short, the younger children were sent to union members' homes in New York and Philadelphia.’
    • ‘The letters were issued on Friday and got to our members' homes on Saturday at the start of their half-term break.’
    • ‘It is believed detectives were called to the home by a member of staff.’
    • ‘Some families fled their homes fearing aftershocks, and roads and phone lines were cut off.’
    • ‘You could pledge to change to energy-saving light bulbs or household appliances in your home.’
    • ‘There are at least eight pictures of him in the front room of the family home.’
    • ‘And then I went back to my parents' home for dinner.’
    • ‘A lone gunman fired a number of shots at the front door of the couple's home late on Friday.’
    • ‘Natasha Ryan returned to her mother's home on Thursday night.’
    • ‘When Dooley and Wideman go out, they go to friends' homes for dinner and videos.’
    • ‘Jane's house was a modest two-story home in a decent neighborhood.’
    • ‘She then moved to her father's home on a full time basis.’
    place of residence, accommodation, property, a roof over one's head
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    1. 1.1The family or social unit occupying a permanent residence.
      ‘he came from a good home’
      • ‘White, who came from a good home, managed to spend a fair amount of his life at a host of federal and state penitentiaries.’
      • ‘Kimberley left the matrimonial home on August 1, 2000.’
      • ‘The idea is that each visiting student is welcomed into the home as a member of the family.’
      • ‘A good home is essential to proper upbringing.’
      • ‘Naomi has left the matrimonial home with their children, Olga, aged six, and Poppy, aged four.’
      • ‘Despite the appearance she tries to convey, Nora holds a deep secret that threatens to destroy her happy home.’
      • ‘The statutory right to occupy the marital home may be seen as an example of the joint enterprise model of marriage.’
      • ‘My home hadn't felt like a real home since Tom had started coming here every afternoon.’
      • ‘Despite all the benefits of a secure home and a good education he has, for 23 years, been addicted to drugs.’
      • ‘Even over the past two years, it is estimated there are 18,000 fewer nuclear family homes, including both married and unwed parents.’
      • ‘Bradford Council is calling on people to offer permanent homes to the 60 children on its adoption list.’
      • ‘A violent home begets violent children, who become violent in relationships with others.’
      • ‘Those costs assume one television set per household: many homes, of course, own three televisions.’
      • ‘Blessed beyond anything words can express are children born into such a home!’
      • ‘Its work with children on the streets has found that boys running away from bad homes or from care are prime targets for abusive adults because of their need for basics such as food and shelter.’
      • ‘And even if gambling addiction wrecks homes, it's at least better than tobacco advertising.’
      • ‘The influences of home, friends and community are stronger and more long-lasting.’
      • ‘What is there to stop us from making our own homes violence free?’
      • ‘One should add that violence free homes would make a difference to boys as well as girls.’
    2. 1.2A house or flat considered as a commercial property.
      ‘low-cost homes for first-time buyers’
      • ‘the growth in home ownership’
      • ‘Meanwhile, it emerged yesterday the Government was responsible for fuelling the price of homes to first time buyers.’
      • ‘This will fund more than 730 affordable homes for rent or low-cost home ownership.’
      • ‘The next planning application will be the latest in a long line of attempts to revive the site by introducing badly needed homes alongside commercial units.’
      • ‘The show house for these homes is open for viewing on Sundays at 3pm.’
      • ‘The idea is that property owners should put homes on the Opromark website for purchase by investors offering to buy shares in each property.’
      • ‘Supermarkets are expanding into own-brand homes and building flats on top of stores, reports Graham Norwood.’
      • ‘Campaigners against the plan to turn Ben Rhydding's last public house into homes have received support from ramblers.’
      • ‘Town hall sources said the changes to the city's unitary development plan would not mean an end to new homes and flats.’
      • ‘A range of housing choices from family homes to affordable apartments.’
      • ‘Long-awaited affordable homes have been built in Bromham providing people on low incomes the chance to stay in the village.’
      • ‘John Maxton, the former Labour MP, owns a holiday home on the island and is often spotted there.’
      • ‘Buy your dream retirement home in the south of France or on the Queensland coast?’
      • ‘County manager Martin Nolan said the plan did not permit holiday homes in rural areas.’
      • ‘Two new schemes have arisen in response to high house prices and a shortage of affordable homes in the borough.’
      • ‘Over £50m of investment in affordable homes for rent is on the horizon for people living in Wiltshire.’
      • ‘With demand continuing to exceed supply, good secondhand family homes in mature suburban locations remain at a premium in the capital.’
      • ‘The development comprises four and five-bedroom detached family homes and bungalows.’
      • ‘Sweet covers a vast range of houses, from waterside family homes to urban bachelor pads, each with its each unique slant on the Scandinavian style.’
      • ‘It is not for nothing that more than 60,000 British households have a second home in France.’
      • ‘Demanding that developers make a certain number of homes available to such households would help plug the gap, she said.’
      house, apartment, bungalow, cottage, terraced house, semi-detached house, detached house
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    3. 1.3The district or country where one was born or has settled on a long-term basis.
      ‘they have made Provence their home’
      • ‘Maybe six months, or a year tops, but Paris could never be the home to me that Vancouver is.’
      • ‘I've finally had all my mail re-directed and London is where I consider my home to be now.’
      • ‘The latter he was to encounter in Toledo, the city that became his permanent home in 1577.’
      • ‘If the plans are deemed feasible, Jean would love to come back to her native home to work.’
      • ‘For hundreds of years the United States has acted as a second home to the Irish.’
      • ‘Keeping goats was part of everybody's life back home in Mexico.’
      • ‘She emigrated from her home to work in England where she later married and made her home.’
      • ‘Brno was first inhabited some 70,000 years ago and today is home to 400,000 inhabitants.’
      • ‘The show included paintings by artists from Africa, England, and Germany who have all studied in the Bay Area and made it their home.’
      • ‘He plans to stay for at least two years and says the country could become his permanent home.’
      • ‘Essex families have been making their way home after fleeing the Asian earthquake.’
      native land, homeland, home town, birthplace, roots, fatherland, motherland, mother country, country of origin, land of one's fathers, the old country
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    4. 1.4A place where something flourishes, is most typically found, or from which it originates.
      ‘Montana is home to a surprising number of rare mammals’
      • ‘The east Midlands, south-eastern England, and East Anglia were home to the most advanced arable farming in the British Isles.’
      • ‘Los Angeles is the home of rock 'n roll.’
      • ‘For instance, to complete the Slam, I had to win at St. Andrews, the home of golf.’
      • ‘Sprawling Monongahela National Forest is home to 230 species of birds.’
      • ‘The town of Cognac itself is the home of most of the region's famous distilleries.’
      • ‘The food hall is home to a vast selection of local products to tempt your tastebuds.’
      • ‘At the beginning of the century, Milan was the home of the last Italian artistic movement of international importance: Futurism.’
      • ‘Its Liverpool Road site is the home of the world's oldest passenger rail station.’
      • ‘And so, at the start of a new season, hopes are high that Elland Road can once more be home to legends.’
      • ‘He really thinks America is the land of the free and the home of the brave.’
      • ‘There are many more impressive homes of international football than the Skonto Stadium but few can match it for incessant noise.’
      • ‘Dazzlingly diverse, it is home to a wonderful mix of races, perspectives and attitudes.’
      domain, realm, place of origin, source, cradle, fount, fountainhead
      natural habitat, natural environment, natural territory, habitat, home ground, stamping ground, haunt
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    5. 1.5 informal A place where an object is kept.
      • ‘They will remain on show at the museum before finding a permanent home in the school later this year.’
      • ‘Just press the button - I'll find a permanent home for it as soon as the store is open.’
      • ‘A rare engine has arrived at the Steam museum where it will make its permanent home.’
      • ‘That left York veterans needing to find a permanent home for their standard.’
      • ‘But private equity houses seem to be having a harder time finding a home to park their money.’
      • ‘There is, however, a possible solution to the problem of giving a permanent home to the Demarco archive.’
      • ‘What we can say, though, is that shares tend to be the best home for long-term investments.’
      • ‘The organization attempted to find a home for the machine but there were no takers.’
      • ‘Some of the carvings will find a home in the grounds of country estates while another is destined for a hospice.’
      natural habitat, natural environment, natural territory, habitat, home ground, stamping ground, haunt
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  • 2An institution for people needing professional care or supervision.

    ‘an old people's home’
    • ‘Yorkshire Care Developments Ltd is taking the action in protest at what it claims are inadequate fees paid to homes for the care of elderly and vulnerable people.’
    • ‘Four years ago, the former Queensland governor delivered a landmark report into the State's institutional homes.’
    • ‘The first was a specialized adoption agency; the others were commercial maternity homes.’
    • ‘The Bolton group will help organise teaching programmes and support building projects in institutions and children's homes.’
    • ‘None of us would argue that there is clearly a need for children's homes in the Bradford District.’
    • ‘Plans for a string of new children's homes across the district were in disarray today after a five-hour row on the issue.’
    • ‘It is also important to recognise that some staff had their names cleared and most workers at these and other children's homes are caring, professional people.’
    • ‘Some of Swindon's vulnerable old people may have to sell their homes to pay for care in a private residential home.’
    • ‘One girl asked an elderly resident of warden-controlled homes to leave her flat while the others took £45 from her purse.’
    • ‘These aim to improve the minimum standards older people can expect in care homes.’
    • ‘The current regulations for personal care homes in Pennsylvania provide only a basic level of supervision by the state.’
    • ‘A pensioner was leading a delegation to London today in a last-gasp attempt to save two old people's care homes.’
    • ‘These women also founded a home for the aged women of the church who were unable to care for themselves.’
    • ‘However, 35 of the residents of the two homes required nursing care to be available around the clock, Mr Thorogood said.’
    • ‘Vital public services across Lancashire, including old people's care homes, are threatened due to lack of funding.’
    • ‘I'm now researching the possibility of setting up a similar house for frail elderly people, as an alternative to larger care homes.’
    • ‘Clearly, the findings reinforce the need for providing specialized holistic geriatric care at institutions and homes for the elderly.’
    • ‘Owners of care homes for the elderly are pressing for the Government to change laws which require criminal records checks on staff before they can start work.’
    • ‘An increase in fees paid to care homes will not be enough to stave off a crisis, managers of residential facilities said yesterday.’
    • ‘She also called for tighter measures to ensure elderly citizens are protected in nursing and residential care homes.’
    institution, residential home, nursing home, old people's home, retirement home, convalescent home, rest home, children's home
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  • 3The finishing point in a race.

    ‘he was four fences from home’
    • ‘After kicking 300m from home to beat Garcia in 7:40.97 seconds, Gebrselassie admitted the fast pace had been a challenge.’
    • ‘Sir Rembrandt made a mistake at the fifth fence from home which proved costly to his challenge but he battled on to claim second spot.’
    • ‘The leader gave way to Daliapour over three furlongs out as rider Johnny Murtagh drove for home for all he was worth.’
    1. 3.1(in games) the place where a player is free from attack.
      • ‘Sides are chosen; each side must have a ‘home’ at the top and bottom of the ground where the children are playing.’
    2. 3.2(in lacrosse) each of the three players stationed nearest their opponents' goal.
      • ‘First home, Janet Roberts, with her dynamic underarm flick, deserved more than the two she obtained.’
    3. 3.3Baseball
      short for home plate
      ‘Angels RF Tim Salmon had drifted off third base, anticipating a break for home.’
      • ‘Santa rounded third and headed for home, as the shortstop finally came to his senses and threw a perfect peg to catcher Garcia.’
    4. 3.4A match played or won by a team on their own ground.
      • ‘Here are 14 sample bets, set out on eight example coupons, for all types of bets including homes, aways, draws, correct scores, and double results.’


  • 1Relating to the place where one lives.

    ‘I don't have your home address’
    • ‘Estate agents told the Saturday Dispatch most home buyers did not look properly through houses they intended to buy.’
    • ‘Martin's funeral took place to his home parish at the weekend.’
    • ‘The President pledges to work hard to ensure more home ownership.’
    • ‘The farewell letter from the teenager, who planned to run away from home, painted a picture of a brutal home life.’
    • ‘The band was gaining notoriety and opening for national acts in their home state.’
    • ‘A good neighbour and true friend, Sadie was happy and content in her beloved home area.’
    • ‘Put your home address at the top and type your name at the bottom underneath where you will sign.’
    • ‘There were other domestic home matters which were taking a toll on my health.’
    • ‘She was sent a £50 fixed penalty notice after the officer traced the car to her home address.’
    • ‘She took out a piece of paper and wrote her address on a tiny square as well as her home number.’
    • ‘Val died suddenly while out on the land and his death caused profound shock and sadness in his home area.’
    • ‘Most home buyers expect to stay in their homes for a long time.’
    • ‘News of Joan's sudden death was received with much sadness and regret in her home village.’
    • ‘Letters are accepted by e-mail, but please include your home address plus postal code.’
    • ‘There is nothing I like better than finding new things in my home area with the help of my local OS map.’
    • ‘Residents would receive badges displaying their home addresses that they must wear at all times.’
    • ‘It was cool and dark and looked like something from a home interiors magazine.’
    • ‘The notoriety that he has enjoyed in his home city over the past decade appears to be spreading nationwide.’
    • ‘They are pleased to see the heart of their home city looking presentable again.’
    • ‘It is understood that he intends to move back to his home city of Bristol.’
    1. 1.1Made, done, or intended for use in the home.
      ‘traditional home cooking’
      • ‘a home computer’
      • ‘They can also access and work on their school files from home computers.’
      • ‘During their visit his mother tried to fatten her up on good home cooking.’
      • ‘In the next two to five years, you'll see the computer and your home television set merging.’
      • ‘Do keep your home computer in a room which is easily accessible to all.’
      • ‘My generation was the last to read books on a regular basis before the home computers took hold.’
      • ‘In the same year, he was allowed back to Greece, and returned to the home cooking of his childhood.’
      • ‘Living on top of a hill presents a particular kind of challenge to the home gardener.’
      • ‘Time Computers has followed Tiny Computers into the digital home entertainment field.’
      • ‘This money will come from more than doubling the present fees charged to the recipients of home care.’
      • ‘I like home cooking, and I think that best represents the Indian world.’
      • ‘Use the cold weather as an excuse to start a new hobby, like home decorating or woodworking.’
      • ‘The rise of a new wave of cottage industry has emerged in a survey which shows the extent of home working in North Yorkshire.’
      • ‘We are now set up with a wireless home network, one element of which is the Internet.’
      • ‘As well as home telephone services, mobile and Internet packages will be available.’
      • ‘He stayed at home for a year and was given just five hours a week of home tuition by the local education authority.’
      • ‘Also, home internet has now been set up, so there are no more excuses for slack posting.’
      • ‘The problem lies at the heart of the cultural economy and the home video market.’
      • ‘It should be noted that Sega have not completely jumped out of the hardware market, only that of home consoles.’
      • ‘Chemotherapy is often cited as a procedure that may be suitable for home administration.’
      • ‘I can certainly envisage a home entertainment centre in which the user walks into another reality.’
      home-made, home-grown, locally produced, family, local
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    2. 1.2Relating to one's own country.
      ‘we need to stimulate demand within the UK home market’
      • ‘They fixed their policy in relation to that of the home market and home government.’
      • ‘For it is always easier for true natives to experience the excitement of other cultures on their home turf.’
      • ‘Citizenship of the Union was to be established and close co-operation on justice and home affairs was to be developed.’
      • ‘They will only be subject to the domestic law of their home countries.’
      • ‘I don't mind the fact that they never show any home news any more, because there isn't any.’
      • ‘A downturn in a lender's home market does not result in a drop in lending elsewhere.’
      • ‘In terms of sales volume, it currently lies in second place behind the German home market.’
      • ‘Add in the demographics, and cracking the home market looks even more daunting.’
      • ‘The Conservatives accept the need for a large European home market for trade and employment.’
      • ‘It is now far easier to estimate at what level your overseas investment would lie on the home market.’
      • ‘All of the above have serious involvement in Britain and the US as well as the home market.’
      • ‘Changes in the home market with the decline of deep coal mining put the final nails in the factory's coffin.’
      • ‘While it may lose its American visitors it will gain from the short haul and home markets.’
      • ‘The home market will soak up most of the extra money, creating opportunities for resellers.’
      • ‘Nor is it clear when or whether Intel will migrate the products out of the home US market.’
      • ‘He added that the most important way to help the industry was to boost the home market.’
      • ‘When you have a huge home market, you can use that as a springboard and capture the markets around the world.’
      • ‘Compare export prices net of transportation cost with the price of the same variety in its home market.’
      • ‘These firms are usually the major suppliers of foreign goods in their home markets.’
      • ‘Restricting access to new drugs in a home market would not sit well with their industrial policies.’
      domestic, internal, local, national, interior, native
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  • 2(of a sports fixture) played at the team's own ground.

    ‘their first home match of the season’
    • ‘a home win’
    • ‘He made a huge impression and was adored by home fans because he was a local boy.’
    • ‘Their square has been relaid so local experience of how the pitch plays will be a home advantage.’
    • ‘On home ground Clane were the first to open the scoring with a well taken point.’
    • ‘Besides, they go into the match with home advantage and a strong crowd to back them in the key match.’
    • ‘He won the sprint in front of the home crowd, enhancing his already growing local profile.’
    • ‘The team must make their home advantage count to get their season back on track.’
    • ‘Ballintrillick, who are the reigning champions, will be on home turf for the clash.’
    • ‘Lowerhouse field a full strength team for the home game against Bacup tomorrow.’
    • ‘However they will be up against it against the Tractor Boys who have won the most home matches in the league.’
    • ‘Since the turn of the year the Minstermen have lost just once and won seven out of their last nine matches on home soil.’
    • ‘The club arranged for him to meet current players and the manager before presenting him with a home shirt.’
    • ‘One lucky Eagles fan will get the chance to step on to the pitch and announce the teams for the final home match of the season.’
    • ‘That is the fifth home game this season that his side have failed to win.’
    • ‘In home matches, the way they play keeps every team back in their own half.’
    • ‘Novo incidentally was booed through most of the match by the home support.’
    • ‘I've been to quite a few home games this season and I've always been impressed with Pamarot.’
    • ‘She has been a fan since she was five and attends all the home games.’
    • ‘The first three World Cup qualifiers also happen to be away from home, and you need home matches to raise revenue.’
    • ‘The sharp breakthrough came when Ross unwisely tugged Wes Hoolahan just inside the home penalty box.’
    • ‘Before home matches we do a proper sit down lunch complete with wine and dessert course, all prepared by our ladies.’
    1. 2.1Relating to or denoting a sports team that is playing at its own ground.
      ‘the home side’
      • ‘home fans’
      • ‘Rather sportingly the home team took two men off the field to even up the numbers, not that it made much difference.’
      • ‘Now you can have a bunch of guys on the visiting team who used to be on the home team.’
      • ‘At the outset Silsden were put under pressure by the home side who were playing down the slope.’
      • ‘Henman is the last home player standing after Greg Rusedski and Lee Childs went out on Wednesday.’
      • ‘The crowd tried to lift the home player at the start of the third but it was to no avail.’
      • ‘It was fitting that the goal should come from an error, and a horrific one from home goalkeeper Marshall.’
      • ‘It is now 18 years since a home cyclist won, and nowadays a French stage win is treated as if it is a miracle.’
      • ‘Unfortunately the ball broke free to the home winger, who scooped it up and raced away for a breakaway try.’
      • ‘Full-back Will Campbell converted to give the home side a 12-0 lead.’
      • ‘Andy Bowness added the conversion to give the home side a four point lead.’
      • ‘A late goal from home striker Peter Smith did little to dent Silsden's supremacy.’
      • ‘For the home team it was one of their most satisfying season for a long, long time.’
      • ‘However, it was hard to see how Bolton could have kept Spurs out had Mr Dunn not given the home team a helping hand.’
      • ‘Crawford picked his spot well to level the scores and give the home team the boost they required.’
      • ‘When you score a hat trick and you are the home team the fans will throw hats on the ice as well.’
      • ‘But a deflected shot by Francesco Flachi gave the home team a deserved equalizer.’
      • ‘Poor Leigh defence let the home team in for several soft tries which gave the home team a respectable result.’
      • ‘The same player then struck twice in as many minutes to finally give the home team a degree of safety and control.’
      • ‘But the home side registered the first attack of the game on three minutes.’
      • ‘Carlow can really have no complaints as they were outclassed by the home side.’
      • ‘Some people say they only cheer on the English, but I think they cheer on all the home nations equally.’
  • 3North American Denoting the administrative centre of an organization.

    ‘the company has moved its home office’
    • ‘Our CEO can work anywhere in the world and couldn't really tell you where his home office is.’


  • 1To or at the place where one lives.

    ‘what time did he get home last night?’
    • ‘The defendant replied that he did not have the money on him and his wife would not be home until later that night.’
    • ‘She left home on Saturday night dressed all in black and gave no indication where she was going or when she might return.’
    • ‘My mom was home for the first time in weeks.’
    • ‘Alli had come home from school, looking thoroughly exhausted, but happy.’
    • ‘I will only come home late if there is a legitimate reason.’
    • ‘We will spend three days at a training base and play against Exeter on the way back home.’
    • ‘I travelled home from central London on a coach that, inevitably, became snarled up in traffic.’
    • ‘A student in London, he is home on holiday and gets his chance through unavailability.’
    • ‘He was thought to have been making his way home to the Low Edges area of Sheffield from a real ale festival.’
    • ‘That was an ordinary day for me - the only difference was a diversion via Tesco on the way home to pick up a couple of things.’
    • ‘Ringing my boss, Nicky Henderson, on the journey home to tell him what had happened was not pleasant.’
    • ‘He was 19, on his way home to Vancouver, Washington, where he was at the local college.’
    • ‘Going home to his parents in Kodagu may happen just twice a year, and then not for many days.’
    • ‘My computer is still slower than a wet weekend in Grimsby and the nice lady who knows how to fix it is gone home, apparently.’
    • ‘He told me that I should stop training and go home because he had booked me an appointment with a liver specialist.’
    • ‘The man got on the single-decker bus at Sidcup station on his way home from work.’
    • ‘We went to the train station to go home, and there was a firework display, again.’
    • ‘The family returned home on Monday last week at the end of their two-week holiday.’
    • ‘I was fast asleep when Dean and his family returned home after midnight.’
    • ‘The entire bus ride home had been miserable.’
    • ‘At night you will find the taxis at Surbiton station ferrying people home because that is safer.’
    1. 1.1To the end or conclusion of a race or something difficult.
      ‘the favourite romped home six lengths clear’
      • ‘The application of blinkers worked a treat on this filly at Ayr last time when she romped home by eight lengths in a maiden race.’
      • ‘Although the smart winner was far too good that day, Lisdante ran an honourable race to lead home the remainder.’
      • ‘La Chunga runs away with the race to lead home a one-two for trainer Jeremy Noseda.’
      • ‘TP Burns was up when he sauntered home by five lengths over a mile and six furlongs at Navan.’
      • ‘However, Carberry got a sweet tune from Sir Oj and he flew home to snatch the race in the final few strides.’
      • ‘The odds are that, whoever romps home to victory, there'll be plenty of laughs along the way.’
      • ‘The last event of the swimming program is going to be a great race, so cheer the Aussies home.’
      • ‘Williams clears the rest of the colours to edge home and now needs only two frames for victory.’
      • ‘The visitors cruised home by five wickets thanks to a fine knock of 109 by Craig Watts.’
      • ‘However, the visitors kept their nerve and three vital drop goals saw them safely home.’
      • ‘They made 214 all out against Green Lane who coasted home with five wickets in hand.’
      • ‘This left Turkington with a clear lead and he came home to win from Hines by four seconds.’
      • ‘With Matt and Alan coming home first and second it was an excellent result for Honda Racing.’
      • ‘Baracouda was always in control at Ascot and came home by nine lengths from Hors La Loi III.’
      • ‘He was never in any danger of being caught, coming home a clear winner in a time of 33.04.’
      • ‘Carter crossed the line in a time of one hour 51.07 minutes and was followed home by Bevan Docherty.’
      • ‘Some inspired driving and mechanical misfortunes for others saw Moss bring the green car home in front.’
    2. 1.2To the intended or correct position.
      ‘he slid the bolt home noisily’
      • ‘A pass by Sue Gilmour found Olympian Rhona Simpson in position to slot home the only goal of the first half.’
      • ‘Paul Proctor stepped up to slide home the first of three penalties on the day.’
      • ‘Midfielder Jess then turned in a cross to the near post for Ward to slide home his fourth goal of the season beyond Mart Poom.’
      • ‘He slipped Phil Neville through to drive home his second goal of the season from the narrow angle.’
      • ‘The keeper failed to hold on to his drive and Stuart Telfer was on hand to ram home the rebound.’
      • ‘He cut back on to his left foot before driving the ball across for Derek Nicol to head home.’
      • ‘Holding back two defenders, he slid the ball to Rooney, who romped the ball home from 16 yards.’
      • ‘Smith then held off the challenge of two defenders and slotted the ball home from fifteen yards.’
      • ‘Fortunately, Richard Battersby was on hand to drive the loose ball home from ten yards.’
      • ‘That was the only goal of the first half but Jimmy Spencer poked home in a goalmouth scramble just before the hour.’
      • ‘The former Partick Thistle striker fired home his fourth goal of the season.’
      • ‘Hoyle headed across goal and Matthew Bland headed home only to be adjudged offside.’
      • ‘The sides exchanged points until Joe Conroy latched onto a ball and sent it home for a goal.’
      • ‘Luque goes round a statuesque Blanc before squaring for Victor to tap home from all of three yards.’
      • ‘Natasha Mulligan drove the ball across the goal and Becky Grainger tapped it home.’
      • ‘Ballack heads it across the face of the Paraguayan goal and Neuville just fails to nod it home.’
      • ‘They eventually scored the winning goal from a penalty sent home by Bobbie Malone.’
      • ‘Ruud van Nistelrooy threads a ball into the Sparta Prague box for Wayne Rooney to pick up and blast home.’
      • ‘This time though McPhee was a grateful recipient as he headed home from six yards.’
      • ‘And there was McPhee, roaring in to slide home a vital goal as the ground erupted.’


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  • 1(of an animal) return by instinct to its territory after leaving it.

    ‘a dozen geese homing to their summer nesting grounds’
    • ‘As the sun took a bow, chirping birds homed and went quiet.’
    • ‘André Desrochers has shown in a relocation study of 200 forest songbirds that birds homed back less often and after greater delays in fragments as opposed to intact forests.’
    • ‘So while the mother sharks are homing to the same nursing grounds, roving males ensure that the population remains genetically diverse.’
    • ‘By now reddish feathery streaks coloured sections of the blue sky, and more birds were homing towards their nests.’
    1. 1.1(of a pigeon bred for long-distance racing) fly back to or arrive at its loft after being released at a distant point.
      ‘pigeons who do not home will win no prizes’
      • ‘Originally from Europe, Northern Africa, and India, the Rock Pigeon was domesticated and raised for food and trained for homing.’
      • ‘Making these pigeons anosmic had essentially no effect on either the pigeons' orientation or homing.’
      • ‘Clearly, at least some pigeons make use of landmarks in their homing.’
      • ‘In homing pigeons, a bird is considered to have successfully homed when it returns to its home loft-a highly localized navigational goal.’
      • ‘Thus pigeon homing depends on a variety of cues; the question discussed in this paper is how does a pigeon choose which cue to use and are there interactions between the different sensory modalities?’
      • ‘Repeating the same experiment under overcast showed that pigeons wearing NUP coils headed away from home while birds with SUP coils homed normally.’
  • 2home in onMove or be aimed towards (a target or destination) with great accuracy.

    ‘more than 100 missiles were launched, homing in on radar emissions’
    • ‘The pilots in the first attack used a radio station's mast near Pearl Harbour to home in on.’
    • ‘As the game progresses the enemies move faster and will home in on you.’
    • ‘The hook is then baited with a fillet of mackerel, to combine both movement and smell for the fish to home in on.’
    • ‘A thief jumped in and drove away, but the weaving truck scattered a trail of donuts in its wake - a fragrant trail which cops gleefully homed in on.’
    • ‘He homes in on exactly where the drugs are hidden, seeming to know the workings of their minds in hiding the drugs in the most inaccessible of places.’
    • ‘In a typical shot, his lens homes in on six streetwise philosophers sitting round a table in a Mexican cantina.’
    • ‘This produces a bright radar echo called a broadside flash, which is easy to home in on.’
    • ‘Some even home in on their destination using a finely tuned sense of smell.’
    • ‘To those who would know what they were looking for, it would make the bay an easy port to home in on from the water.’
    • ‘This is where computing power is useful, in identifying the target and homing in on it.’
    • ‘After launching, it shines a laser at the target and sensors in its nose then home in on the reflected light.’
    • ‘The designator directs a laser beam at the target, the laser seeker picks up the reflected light, and the bomb or missile homes in on the illuminated target.’
    • ‘He was able to watch the missiles home in on their targets.’
    • ‘These air-launched weapons are equipped with adjustable fins that allow them to alter course in flight and home in on their targets.’
    • ‘Officials said that a radar-guided missile could deviate from its target and automatically home in on the airliner instead.’
    • ‘The new missiles are also more agile, so that, once launched, they're better able to home in on the target and counter the pilot's attempts to evade.’
    • ‘Missiles streaked across the darkness of space, casting an orange glow until they reached maximum velocity and cut their engines, homing in on their targets.’
    • ‘Well of course we all remember imagery from 1991 of smart weapons homing in on their targets.’
    • ‘The gimmick was an electro-magnetic strip buried in the road that the street sensors homed in on to guide the cars along by computer.’
    • ‘In the new study, the virus successfully homed in on and killed the same kind of cancer cells growing in the lungs or pancreas of mice.’
    • ‘During the bats' nocturnal searches for nectar, this feature provides an acoustic beacon to home in on.’
    • ‘A guided missile corrects its trajectory as it flies, homing in, say, on the heat of a jet plane's exhaust.’
    focus on, focus attention on, concentrate on, zero in on, centre on, fix on, aim at, highlight, spotlight, underline, pinpoint
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    1. 2.1Focus attention on.
      ‘a teaching style which homes in on what is of central importance for each pupil’
      • ‘While air-conditioning and alloy wheels are big after-sale sellers for any vehicle, it's the multi-purpose vehicle market which manufacturers are homing in on.’
      • ‘The MP for Glasgow South West homes in on what really matters.’
      • ‘The domestic simplicity of his last days may seem twee, but key chapters of the killer's disturbed life are homed in on with skill and insight.’
      • ‘He said that he thought the Government should have homed in on less successful regiments, adding that the more thriving units were ‘sacrificial lambs’.’
      • ‘Flyposting, in which fliers are put up on shop windows, walls, lampposts and other street furniture, has been homed in on by the council for the past six months.’
      • ‘Brown homed in on five priorities to help productivity in his Budget.’
      • ‘Is there any other Björk stuff you think I should home in on?’
      • ‘While the focus is local - homing in on this tiny yet renowned community in the Western Desert - the significance is deep and broad.’
      • ‘Spencer homes in on the reality underlying my proposed campaign slogan.’
      • ‘Unfettered by the strictures of plot, the movie homes in on local talent and captures the attitude towards taming the islands' cold waters.’
      • ‘In my whole life I can home in on perhaps two or three bigoted comments.’
      • ‘Most skeptics are homing in on what looks like a halting drive to beef up domestic defenses against terrorists.’
      • ‘Once her work there is done, she will take a long drive to the south, heading for an area called Etched Terrain, which the science team homed in on for study months ago.’
      • ‘Something was afoot, he did know that much, but he was yet to home in on where and what it was.’
      • ‘But Oakland wouldn't make an error by shifting its focus and homing in on one of the premier quarterbacks; after all, incumbent Rich Gannon is 38.’
      • ‘Often, the listener can home in on very tiny details, not noticed at first.’
      • ‘Analyzing the scope of the situation, as well as your role in it, can help you home in on how to take action.’
      • ‘First, forget the Joneses and home in on what you want - and what you can afford.’
      • ‘To come to terms with the facts, it is necessary to home in on more elementary errors, as Bastiat and Mises repeatedly do.’
      • ‘They're now using brain-imaging data to home in on what it is about physical fitness that might improve people's cognitive skills.’
  • 3with object Provide (an animal) with a home as a pet.

    ‘each year thousands of cats which could have been homed are being needlessly put down’
    • ‘The main argument against Southport Zoo was the location, so surely the beautiful surroundings of the centre would be a more fitting environment for the animals to be homed.’
    • ‘Donations received for animal adoptions were up by £2,600 to £6,380, partly due to more animals being homed, and partly due to the branch requesting a minimum donation now.’
    • ‘The reptile, which looks like an alligator, will be kept at the Dangerous Wild Animal Rescue Facility in Great Wakering where more than 400 exotic animals are homed.’
    • ‘We have dealt with the charity for the past 14 years, and have homed hundreds of dogs and cats over the years.’
    • ‘We have 59 kittens at present and around 20 of them are ready to be homed.’
    • ‘The insect is the first praying mantis to be homed at Studley Grange and is on display in a glass tank and now basking in the heat it is used to.’
    • ‘This ‘put us on the map’ when we had 20 cats and kittens all safely homed.’
    • ‘It is an all-round problem and so we need desperately to get these cats homed.’
    • ‘The hospital also has 50 cats available for homing.’
    • ‘Henry, a long-term dog of ours who would never have been homed, is actually a possibility for homing now.’
    • ‘Cats Protection homing and welfare officer Brenda Bell said: ‘We have lots of cats and kittens in care and all are looking for good homes.’’


The traditional form for the verb sense ‘move accurately towards a target’ is home in on, not hone in on. More than a third of the total citations for this expression in the Oxford English Corpus are for hone in on, however, and in the US this form has become common even in mainstream writing. Nevertheless, hone in on is still regarded by many as incorrect


    a home from home
    • A place where one is as happy, relaxed, or comfortable as in one's own home.

      ‘In this isolated part of the world, Bluff makes a comforting home away from home - especially with the Cow Canyon Trading Post and Restaurant in town.’
      • ‘Anyway, the caravan became my home away from home.’
      • ‘After the city where I was born, the city where my wife was born and the city where we now live, Dublin is home from home.’
      • ‘It's my home away from home, and I haven't stayed there the last two trips.’
      • ‘SW19 had always been his comfort zone, his home from home.’
      • ‘Indonesian representatives abroad must open up their offices and make them a comfortable home away from home for expatriate Indonesians.’
      • ‘To accommodate this appetite for a real home from home, numerous web sites have sprung up on the internet offering privately owned Florida villas for rent.’
      • ‘It's important that the hospice is a home from home, somewhere where their final days are as pleasant as possible.’
      • ‘It is not just the fact that Gibraltar is a tax-free home from home that encourages holidaymakers to visit - there is plenty more to do than simply go shopping.’
      • ‘A disco is in full swing and 120 14-18 year olds have braved the weather to come to the centre which is a home from home for many of them, six days and nights a week.’
    at home
    • 1In one's own house.

      ‘I told him I'd be at home most of the day’
      • ‘There are a lot of 19-year-olds that are living at home or in frat houses that are a mess.’
      • ‘He said the parents of girls who lived in her boarding house had been contacted at home and given the bad news before they returned to school earlier this week.’
      • ‘The burglaries happened at around 2 am on Saturday with the residents of both houses at home.’
      • ‘The Duke died on Monday night at home at Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire's Peak District National Park.’
      • ‘I only realised how many books we have at home when we moved house and had to pack them all away.’
      • ‘Tanzanians love music and dancing, storytelling, and socializing at coffee houses and at home.’
      • ‘I didn't want to leave her at home since the house got broken into yesterday.’
      • ‘She lived at home and helped out around the house.’
      • ‘At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door.’
      • ‘She used to have an answering machine at home, but it made her dread walking into the house.’
      • ‘Saturday is a day for catching up on things at home, in and around the house.’
      • ‘Mrs Green told police she and her husband were at home alone when the two men broke into the house on Saturday night.’
      1. 1.1Ready to receive and welcome visitors.
        ‘she took to her room and was not at home to friends’
        • ‘I relied on him to say whether he was at home to visitors or not.’
        • ‘A stickler for etiquette, Webb was at home to academicians but saw associates only by appointment.’
        • ‘‘Is Carlos in?’ he said. ‘If you mean Carlo, yes, but he's not at home to visitors today’.’
      2. 1.2In one's own neighbourhood, town, or country.
        ‘he has been consistently successful both at home and abroad’
        • ‘That implies up to 20 billion yuan would be available for equity investment at home and abroad.’
        • ‘They monitor what's going on over the fence with our South East Asian neighbours and here at home.’
        • ‘You cannot defend the Constitution abroad while undermining it at home.’
        • ‘Getting the Europeans on board paid dividends for the White House at home.’
        • ‘Davidson takes a look at how the President has shaped up at home during these first crucial days in the White House.’
        • ‘Before initiating vast new carnage abroad, the government wants its propaganda siege to take hold at home.’
        • ‘Even as we export this precious principle, however, there is evidence that it has lost ground here at home.’
        • ‘Special mention was made to Eddie Gray for his passion to see Sri Lanka excel in sports internationally at home and abroad.’
        • ‘It is a pity, then, that the team management does not show the same faith in them when the team plays overseas as it does when playing at home.’
        • ‘The head of the Iraqi Boxing Federation, Saied Abdel Hussain, said he hopes the new team can raise awareness of the sport at home.’
        • ‘Government clearance is mandatory in India for any international sports event - at home or abroad.’
      3. 1.3(with reference to a sports fixture) at a team's own ground.
        ‘Spurs drew 1–1 at home to Leeds’
        • ‘The team lost two games at home last week, both with fourth-quarter fades.’
        • ‘The team has designs on making the playoffs, and it performs like a playoff team at home but not on the road.’
        • ‘A team sometimes will play at home one night, leave the next morning and cross two time zones to play the following night.’
        • ‘The road team that seemingly has the best chance this weekend is the Colts, the only team to win at home last weekend.’
        • ‘City's reserves, just like the first team, cannot win at home.’
        • ‘Fermanagh, who will be at home to Cavan, welcome back Paul Brewster.’
        • ‘Beckenham Town, meanwhile, also scored a very good win when they beat Deal Town 4 - at home on Saturday.’
        • ‘Harrogate Town could make it ten UniBond League premier division wins on the trot when they take on Eastwood Town at home.’
        • ‘Pickering Town will look to wrap up their immediate top-flight future with a win at home against Arnold Town.’
        • ‘In the Championship play-offs Hampton meet Tooting and Mitcham at home and Crawley Town away.’
      4. 1.4Comfortable and at ease in a place or situation.
        ‘sit down and make yourself at home’
        • ‘I'm going to be late for work, again so just make yourselves at home until I get in.’
        • ‘I really made him feel at home in my house and I never expected this from him.’
        • ‘Almost two years of campaigning in primaries and for the White House have left him at home in public meetings.’
        • ‘The First Lady's personal tone made people feel warmly toward her as well as at home in the White House.’
        • ‘She felt at home in the Reece house the instant she walked through the door.’
        • ‘Even as he simply held her hand as they walked into his house, she felt at home with him.’
        • ‘In the intimate surroundings of Barry's public house she will be right at home.’
        • ‘He is positive a more prominent police presence would ensure everyone would feel at home in the neighbourhood.’
        • ‘We are working very hard to help the asylum seekers feel at home in Kildare town and to help them feel part of the community.’
        • ‘Frank Hill was the manager and I immediately felt at home in the town.’
      5. 1.5Confident or relaxed about doing or using something.
        ‘he was quite at home talking about Eisenstein or Brecht’
        • ‘Youngsters at a nursery near Swindon will feel right at home singing Old MacDonald's Farm as they will be housed in a former barn.’
        • ‘Of course, I did as I was instructed and tried to make myself at home with this new rhythmic concept.’
        • ‘Always an Irish favourite, Justin is equally at home playing pumping house as funky techno and always rocks the party.’
        • ‘The credits reveal it was written by David himself, surely not a man at home with biting satire.’
        • ‘She had only ridden a few times in her life, and wasn't quite at home in the saddle as the others were.’
        • ‘The dashboard is extremely well equipped and the layout of the controls has a flawless logic that allows new drivers to feel quite at home.’
        • ‘Once he stopped rearing back in his seat and showing the whites of his eyes, he looked quite at home in his new television role.’
        • ‘He's not quite at home with the mists and myths of old Ireland; and so you listen to the words as poetry rather than follow them as drama.’
        • ‘Any reporter who has ever covered a Hollywood event would be right at home covering the campaign of Arnold Schwarzenegger.’
        • ‘Although Cotman was never as fully at home with etching as with watercolour, his work of 1838 ensures him a place of importance in the history of British etching.’
    bring something home to
    • Make (someone) realize the full significance of something.

      ‘her first-hand account brought home to me the pain of the experience’
      • ‘Perhaps the bitter experience of the stock market, which fell by over 60% in the past few months, has brought that point home to all concerned.’
      • ‘Maybe this tragedy will bring it home to similarly minded people that this is nothing to do with class struggle.’
      • ‘Mr Grant, defending, said: ‘Mr Harper is full of remorse and the breakdown of his relationship has brought his alcoholism home to him.’’
      • ‘Two recent revelations brought this point home to me in a significant way.’
      • ‘The horror of the situation was brought home to me by the story of one mother who I worked with.’
      • ‘But when the issue is brought home to them, war becomes as important, for the necessary period, as business or sport.’
      • ‘Emblazoned on the side of buses, the adverts use text message style English to ensure the advice is brought home to York youngsters.’
      • ‘But on a more serious note Mr Flanagan said being in jail brought many things home to him about the underprivileged who tend to make up the majority of the prisoners.’
      • ‘He said the deaths brought the war home to the community.’
      • ‘‘It really brought it home to people and they realised just how dangerous chip pan fires can be if not dealt with correctly,’ said Mr Hancock.’
    close to home
    • Affecting someone personally, typically in a way that makes them feel unsettled or uncomfortable.

      ‘we may laugh at him, but only because the situation is a little too close to home’
      • ‘there are so many good causes out there, but this one is really close to home and we had to do something’
      • ‘This hits close to home, because I went bankrupt some years ago behind medical bills.’
      • ‘I want to get both of your assessments on something very, very close to home for both of you.’
      • ‘It is the necessary baseline from which Harris makes the leap into her imaginative world, but it can sometimes get a bit too close to home.’
      • ‘It was a real shock because it was so near to home, having known him for so long.’
      • ‘The fact that he failed to address my statements implies that maybe I hit too close to home.’
      • ‘You know, she hates to hear about situations like this, because it's so close to home.’
      • ‘Instead I think that some of the characteristics of the characters were just a little too close to home for me.’
      • ‘While I meant what I said, I never anticipated that it would hit so close to home.’
      • ‘A girl went missing from the Chequers Centre in Maidstone yesterday… now that is too close to home.’
      • ‘In order to keep us on the straight and narrow we need to hear sermons on the touchy subjects that hit close to home.’
    come home
    • Play the second nine holes in a round of eighteen holes.

      Compare with go out (see go)

      ‘Forsbrand came home in 30 for a 66’
      • ‘You have got to get to two or three under on that front nine and I didn't so coming home is a lot more difficult’
      • ‘He also went out in two under par but succeeded in dropping just one shot to par coming home.’
    come home to someone
    • (of the significance of something) become fully realized by someone.

      ‘the full enormity of what was happening came home to Sara’
      • ‘People love doing it and it really comes home to you at the end when you go up to the wards.’
      • ‘It was only then that the true lack of Scottish involvement in this tour really came home to us.’
      • ‘As the train effectively emptied at the Excel Centre it really started coming home to me what I had agreed to do.’
      • ‘That is the time where the responsibility really comes home to you.’
      • ‘For the first time it truly came home to us what had happened and despite our frivolity what might have been lost on the M4 today.’
      • ‘They looked pretty normal, but the reality of what I was about to do was only just coming home to me.’
      • ‘The horror of all this came home to me in an unforgettable way a few years ago when I visited the Indiana State Penitentiary at Michigan City.’
      • ‘The Civil Rights - the marches, and so forth - had begun, but it really hadn't come home to me what these people were going through.’
      • ‘As he checked the items, the cost of the whole endeavour came home to me.’
      • ‘If the powerful negativity of a really bad mistake doesn't come home to you, then that mistake has been useless to you.’
    drive something home
    • Make something clearly understood by the use of repeated or forcefully direct arguments.

      ‘we must drive home the message that crime doesn't pay’
      • ‘New Labour relied on its supporters in the trade union leadership to ram that message home.’
      • ‘He was confident, he was direct, he drove his points home.’
      • ‘Depriving us of the end of the story renders it difficult for him to drive home the central theme of continuity.’
      • ‘It drove home to me the sense of optimism and positivism that is around in New Zealand at the moment.’
      • ‘Two attacks this year drove home the need for improved security in Internet Explorer.’
      • ‘For their part, the radicals needed to hammer the nonviolent message home.’
      • ‘He pressed the argument home: ‘Here again are yet more events in the real world that are consistent with climate change predictions.’’
      • ‘The snatches of background we get do manage to highlight, without hammering the point home, all sorts of interesting themes.’
      • ‘As well as enforcing the speed limit, police will speak to bikers to drive home the safety message.’
      • ‘We get messages about our responsibilities toward ourselves and our children, and these messages are hammered home by three songs.’
    hit home
    • 1(of a blow or a missile) reach an intended target.

      ‘However, headguards, whilst absorbing energy from punches, present an even larger target to be hit and thus the number of blows striking home may well increase.’
      • ‘The move spelt his doom, for the blow struck home, driving the warrior, shield and all, into the side of the bridge.’
      • ‘The person staggered briefly as her blow struck home.’
      • ‘Behind him, the devastating salvo of missiles struck home.’
      • ‘Before the shot struck home, he targeted the second bomber and fired.’
      • ‘The missile struck home, breaching through the exterior surface of the tower easily.’
      • ‘She saw the first missiles strike home, then the rest impacted in close succession.’
      • ‘She cried as she saw the two grapple, wincing as she saw some of the blows strike home.’
      • ‘Springing in, he was sure that his blow would hit home.’
      • ‘Claire hurled the pillow at her, but Mindy ducked back inside the house before her target hit home.’
      1. 1.1(of words) have the intended, especially unsettling or painful, effect on their audience.
        ‘she could see that her remark had hit home’
        • ‘Okay, so he was drunk and exaggerating (and was fairly remorseful about it the next day), but his words hit home.’
        • ‘She seemed to not understand what he had said, then the words struck home.’
        • ‘He spoke slowly, as if trying to make the words hit home.’
        • ‘Don looked slightly pained as his words hit home.’
        • ‘Rena's words had hit home, and she's still fuming over the other woman's ignorant comments.’
        • ‘Judging from his reaction, my remarks obviously hit home.’
        • ‘Harding's smile did not falter but from the concerned glance his companion shot him I could tell that my remarks had hit home.’
        • ‘Dexter's reference to my father was below the belt, but the remark struck home.’
        • ‘When all is said and done, the critiques by Kessler-Harris and Nair strike home, particularly for a North American audience.’
        • ‘This last remark had a somewhat sobering effect on her as its full implications hit home.’
      2. 1.2(of the significance or true nature of a situation) become fully realized by someone.
        ‘the full impact of life as a celebrity began to hit home’
        • ‘it wasn't until we went to see what happened that it really struck home’
        • ‘This is the kind of subject matter that will strike home painfully for many men and women in today's work force.’
        • ‘Much the same has applied to Scotland since, in the 1990s, the highly-damaging effect of the industrial trouble in schools in the 1980s hit home.’
        • ‘The cool night air was clearing his head and the enormity of his problem was beginning to hit home.’
        • ‘While the meagre group of forwards in the squad has been remarked upon from the start, the consequences hit home all the harder in the tournament.’
        • ‘Now the adrenaline rush is over after the high-speed chase, the reality of what might have unfolded were the car thief armed is beginning to hit home.’
        • ‘The realization that there was nothing left for her there hit home.’
        • ‘You miss married life, and now that you've hit the one-month mark, the reality of your divorce has really begun to hit home.’
        • ‘But Christmas is also a time for reflection, and it is then that the truth begins to hit home.’
        • ‘This sort of situation will hit home with anybody, because America is becoming the same no matter where you go.’
        • ‘The reality of the situation is really hitting home now and it's scary to think that in six months, 325 employees will be out of jobs.’
    home and dry
    mainly British
    • Having successfully achieved or being within sight of achieving one's objective.

      ‘at 3–0 up they should have been home and dry’
      • ‘A seven-minute flurry of activity settled this contest, however, Kilmarnock finding themselves home and dry with two clinical finishes before the break.’
      • ‘It appeared rather too little too late for the visitors as within less than ten minutes of the restart City looked home and dry.’
      • ‘When we get done up there, we'll be home free… free to do what we want to do as a couple.’
      • ‘I've got my healthy meals ordered for tomorrow, so I just have to get through tonight and tomorrow afternoon and I'll be home free.’
      • ‘If we can get our kids to age 21 without smoking or using illegal drugs or abusing alcohol, they're almost certain to be home free.’
      • ‘They may be home free after the first cancer, but they remain at high risk of developing a second lung cancer four years, six years, even 10 years later.’
      • ‘They think they can just go into a new relationship - or stay on their own - and they'll be home free.’
      • ‘But campaigners for the new skatepark are still not home and dry yet because the plans must now be passed by the current tenants of the land, Chippenham Town Council.’
      • ‘Federal were far from home and hosed however as their batting line up lacked the regular faces, Graham and Michael Smith, Tom Clemens and Brendan Martin.’
      • ‘However we still weren't home and dry as all we actually bought was 10,000 sq. metres of complete isolation and a ruin without water or electricity!’
    home free
    mainly North American
    • Having successfully achieved or being within sight of achieving one's objective.

      • ‘at 7–0 they should have been home free’
    home is where the heart is
    • Your home will always be the place for which you feel the deepest affection, no matter where you are.

      ‘It's not that she's got anything in particular against Hollywood, you understand, but home is where the heart is and Kelly's heart firmly belongs to Dougie and the UK.’
      • ‘And if a home is where the heart is, then maybe this one's for me.’
      • ‘If home is where the heart is, then it is also the primary source of loyalty.’
      • ‘But, despite travelling to all those places, home is where the heart is.’
      • ‘But now I think home is where the heart is, and that's the most important thing for children.’
      • ‘I enjoy living in Australia full-time more than living in the States because home is where the heart is.’
      • ‘After all, home is where the heart is and my heart will always be in America, all 50 states.’
      • ‘And while home is where the heart is, spare a thought - more if you can - for those currently experiencing homelessness or displacement.’
      • ‘They say home is where the heart is and I left little piece of my heart in each house I lived in, I leave a little of me behind every time I move.’
      • ‘What it didn't know was that home is where the heart is, and my heart lies in many places and I have many homes.’
    home on the pig's back
    Australian informal
    • Having successfully achieved one's objective.

      • ‘you'll be home on the pig's back with her around’
      • ‘It's home on the pig's back here, mate!’
      • ‘My employees get paid better wages than anyone else's, live in a better and cheaper town—they're home on the pig's back!’
      • ‘It would have been far better if the ones that will come out on top, the ones that will be home on the pig's back, got no grant at all.’
      • ‘We're home on the pig's back this time.’
      • ‘I'd have got you fixed up with a car, given you a couple of intros in the right quarter and you'd have been home on the pig's back.’
    home sweet home
    • Used as an expression of one's pleasure or relief at being in or returning to one's own home.

      ‘It had been home for the past couple of months, and it was the first time Tanya could say home sweet home, and mean it.’
      • ‘Aaah, I thought with a serene smile of recognition, home sweet home.’
      • ‘Just try telling them you don't want to leave home sweet home.’
      • ‘‘Here it is, home sweet home,’ he announced, proudly.’
      • ‘No one has ever been so concise, or so consistent, about why America remains our home sweet home.’
      • ‘Lunar eclipses are an entirely different prospect: a good fraction can be seen without leaving home sweet home.’
      • ‘After 30 minutes, the weather cleared enough for us to hop over to NS Mayport - home sweet home.’
      • ‘By this stage, my nails were bitten, and I was even happy to see this shiny white bus arrive to whisk me off to home sweet home.’
      • ‘‘Ah home sweet home,’ Eric said as the car finally stopped outside his large mansion in a wealthy suburb of Berlin.’
      • ‘When Adrian dug the keys out of his jean pocket, he pushed them into the keyhole and opened the door to the brick-red apartment, home sweet home.’
    home, James!
    • Used as a humorous way of exhorting the driver of a vehicle to drive home quickly.

      ‘We got back on the coach and as we pulled away, Elsie said to me, ‘Home James. And don't spare the horses’.’
      • ‘It was at that stage that I decided that I was just going to go home - and don't spare the horses.’
    set up home
    • Start living somewhere on a permanent basis.

      ‘the couple set up home in Chelsea eight years ago’
      • ‘The couple set up home in London and, in 1972, Ashkenazy took Icelandic citizenship.’
      • ‘After her wedding later this year, she will move to Newcastle to set up home, but will still compete for Scotland whenever possible.’
      • ‘James and Helen are moving to London to set up home together - good luck, my friend, and stay in touch!’
      • ‘What he wanted, in fact, was what any adult would take for granted: to be able to move out and set up home on his own.’
      • ‘The happy couple are setting up home in Longford.’
      • ‘When George was six years old the family moved permanently to Holland, setting up home in The Hague.’
      • ‘After marrying in 1955, they set up home in a village near Durham for 13 years before moving to York.’
      • ‘It was then that she moved to Swindon, where Wally had set up home.’
      • ‘As a teenager he lived rough, on the streets, in London and Blackburn for seven years, before setting up home in Preston with his partner, Jayne, three years ago.’
      • ‘She eventually found work as a nanny before getting married and setting up home in Thurnscoe, where her husband Joseph, who died 16 years ago, was a miner.’
    when —'s at home
    • Used to add humorous emphasis to a question about someone's identity.

      ‘who's Peter when he's at home?’
      • ‘The old lady said to tell that to Yuri Gagarin, but the hostess just giggled and said, ‘Who's he when he's at home?’’
      • ‘I say his name and friends reply ’Who's he when he's at home?‘’


Old English hām, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heem and German Heim.