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Difference between Do a house and Make a house

do a housetidy or clean the house:

  • One day I did the house thoroughly, totally, and my Dad’s closet was really messy, so I tidied it.

Note: The expression is not equivalent in meaning to the phrase do up a house—repair or improve the house:

  • It was really worth the pain we took to do up the house. On the advise of our agent we renovated the house and gave it a fine look.

make a house—(Parliament) secure the presence of enough members for a quorum (also: keep a house):

  • Yesterday, after many days waiting, sufficient number of members met and made a house.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase make a home

1. establish or run a home:

  • He asked her how big her roll was, saying that it cost something to make a home.

2. (also: make one’s home) settle in a place (with one’s family):

  • She has made a home in the Bay Area, where she now teaches Italian cooking and language.