English Idiom – Man cave.
Meaning – A room or small building that is created to be a private area for the men in a household. The area of the house where men can spend time alone. A man cave can be a room in the house, the basement, a space in the garage or a shed in the garden. This can also be a space where a man can hang out with his friends, watch sport or play computer games.
This area is sometimes known as a manspace.
This phrase came about during the 1990s. At this time women were said to hold the power in the house and be responsible for decorating the rooms. As a result of this the concept of the man cave was introduced, and men had a place they could call their own.
The female equivalent is sometimes known as a she-shed.
- “I’ve not seen Dad for hours. I bet he’s watching the rugger in his man cave again!”
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