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Difference between Bring the house down and Pull the house down

bring the house down—(of a performance) produce loud and prolonged applause; be received very successfully:

  • There was one scene which never failed to bring the house down.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase shout the house down—(coll.) make a terrible commotion:

  • I can’t study while my little brother is shouting the house down.

pull the house downdestroy or demolish a building or structure:

  • The lessor was desirous of pulling the house down and building a new one.