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I saw a sentence in a book:

When George heard that the meal was on the house, he went to thank the restaurant owner for the free food.

The sentence does not make sense to me. I tried Google translating to other languages, but did not work as well.

Is there a specific idiom or phrase that I'm not familiar with?

Can anyone help me with this?

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  • Which part of the sentence is causing you a problem? Sep 17, 2020 at 13:23
  • @KillingTime The phrase "the meal was on the house" Sep 18, 2020 at 5:03

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"On the house" means that you are given something for free, that you would usually pay for.

(of a drink or meal in a bar or restaurant) at the management's expense; free.

Lexico

You can think of the sentence like this:

When George heard that the meal was on the house given to him for free by the owner, he went to thank the restaurant owner for the free food.

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