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Difference between Do one’s homework and Do one’s housework

do one’s homework—

1. said of lessons to be done by a schoolchild at home:

  • Your child will be more accepting of doing his homework when he knows that it must be done at a specific time.

2. do all the necessary research and preparation for smth.:

  • Before heading out on her shopping spree she did her homework and compared suitable cars from all brands.

Note: The expression is not equivalent in meaning to the phrase learn one’s lesson—profit from experience, especially an unhappy one:

  • Sure, he had trouble in the past, driving while intoxicated … but he’s apparently learned his lesson.

do one’s housework—do the work required to keep a house clean and in order:

  • It wasn’t fit for one to do one’s housework in nothing but their pajamas.