As safe as houses
Be very safe
- The Government insisted that Britain's nuclear power stations are as safe as houses.
Eat out of house and home
Eat everything in somebody’s house
- Those children of mine have an appetite; they will eat me out of house and home.
Get/put your own house in order
Solve your problems or get organized
- You should put your own house in order before you start telling me what to do!
House of correction
- Your brother should be put in a house of correction.
Wear the pants/trousers in the house
Be the boss in the house, run a household
- In China, those who wear the pants in the house are mostly women.
Throw in the towel
Quit, give up
- Three of the original five candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination have now thrown in the towel.
Throw money down the drain
- Why throw money down the drain at the local car wash when you can do it yourself at home?
Skeleton in the closet
An embarrassing or shameful secret
- Most families have one or two skeletons in the closet.
Hit the roof
Become very angry
- When I was expelled from school, my parents hit the roof.