set one's house in order
phrasal to organize one's affairs

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  • set one's house in order — See: PUT ONE S HOUSE IN ORDER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • set one's house in order — See: PUT ONE S HOUSE IN ORDER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • put one's house in order — or[set one s house in order] {v. phr.} To arrange your affairs in good order. * /Grandfather knew he would not live long and set his house in order./ * /When Mr. Black died, his lawyer helped the widow put her house in order./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • put one's house in order — or[set one s house in order] {v. phr.} To arrange your affairs in good order. * /Grandfather knew he would not live long and set his house in order./ * /When Mr. Black died, his lawyer helped the widow put her house in order./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To set one's cap for — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set one's self against — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set one's teeth — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • in order — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In arrangement; in the proper way of following one another. * /Come to my desk in alphabetical order as I call your names./ * /Line up and walk to the door in order./ * /Name all the presidents in order./ Compare: IN TURN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in order — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In arrangement; in the proper way of following one another. * /Come to my desk in alphabetical order as I call your names./ * /Line up and walk to the door in order./ * /Name all the presidents in order./ Compare: IN TURN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To set in order — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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