What does it mean to be "born into the right house". Sample: "He is born into the right house".

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  • Consider the choices the unborn son has: to be born into Blenheim Palace or into No. 10 Brick Lane. If the cultural references escape you, think of your own examples of palace and hovel. – High Performance Mark Jul 11 '14 at 8:38
  • I don't understand why the question got down-voted. Could the down-voter explain why? – Tamad Lang Jul 11 '14 at 9:01
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    Because it is lacking in context. The right house is not an idiom, it just means precisely what it says. That means that its exact meaning depends entirely on the context it's used in. For all we know, house here could be an astronomical thing relating to stars and planets and their houses; or it could mean a family line; or it could simply be a brick-and-mortar house. There is no way to tell without context, and as such, your question cannot be conclusively answered the way it is now. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 11 '14 at 10:15
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    Adding "He is" does not provide much context, could you please provide some more? – skullpatrol Jul 11 '14 at 10:25

It basically means that the house where a person is born (which may be indicative of the family into which they're born) brings advantage - typically wealth, power, and/or social status, but perhaps an environment or lifestyle that's advantageous in enabling or encouraging some manner of success in whatever field....


I can see an alternative meaning. "He got it honest" is a colloquialism in the southern United States. The meaning is that a persons physical or behavioral traits align with their stated lineage/parentage. I could see "born into the right house" as a much more eloquent phrasing of the same concept.

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