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Bring the house down

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Bring the house down

Nancy Matos

Reader Question: “But it was his outsized and riotous attack on cloud computing (‘The Cloud!’) that brought the house down.”

Could you explain “bring the house down”?

My comments: Also known as “bring down the house” , the term “bring the house down” is generally used when talking about a performance, whether it is a comedian doing an act in a small club, a singer belting out songs in a concert hall, or actors on stage in a theatre. It means to successfully entertain and make the audience laugh, clap loudly and be overall extremely pleased and gratified with a performance.

The word “house” in this sense represents a place of performance, like an arena, auditorium, or those mentioned above.

It can be used in the following way, for example:

“When Beyoncé performs in Beijing next week at the Wukesong Arena, she is sure to bring the house down.”


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About the author:

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.