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 House Spirits.House and Home. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
House-top.
 
To cry from the house-top. To proclaim [it] from the house-top. To announce something in the most public manner possible. Jewish houses had flat roofs, which were paved. Here the ancient Jews used to assemble for gossip; here, too, not unfrequently, they slept; and here some of their festivals were held. From the house-tops the rising of the sun was proclaimed, and other public announcements were made.   1
        “That which ye have spoken [whispered] in the ear … shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.”—Luke xii. 3.
 


 House Spirits.House and Home. 

 
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