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    set our house on order

    Hi,
    "Is it not time we set our house on order?"
    Could you please explain the meaning of "set our house on order"?
    Thanks

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    Re: set our house on order

    Dear Mylevt:

    I think the expression you mean is: Set our house in order.

    To set one's house in order means to organize one's affairs (financial, legal, etc.). It is also often used in the context of 'don't point out the faults of others until you have taken a good look at your own behavior'.

    Here is an example of the expression from a recent news story:

    LUCKNOW: Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Friday said that instead of commenting on the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party should first set its house in order.

    All best wishes,

    Petra

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    Re: set our house on order

    Dear Petra.
    Great!
    I like your explanation very much.
    Thank you.

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