E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Like a house afire Very rapidly. He is getting on like a house afire means he is getting on excellently.
To bring down the house (in a theatre, etc.) is to receive unusual and rapturous applause.
To keep house. To maintain a separate establishment. To go into house-keeping is to start a private establishment.
To keep a good house. To supply a bountiful table.
To keep open house. To give free entertainment to all who choose to come. Omnes benigne mensâ occipre. In French, Tenir table ouverte.
To throw the house out of the windows. To throw all things into confusion from exuberance of spirit (à des excès de joie). Clum terr, terram clo miscre;; or Omnia confundre. In French, Jeter le maison par le fenêtres.