After months in the doghouse, Mr. Banks is summoned to face what he firmly believes will be the coup de grâce.
My mother used to make men buy two pieces, one for the occasion and the one for when he would be in the doghouse.
1610s, from dog (n.) + house (n.). Originally a kennel; the backyard type, for a single animal, is late 19c. Figurative sense of "disgrace" is from 1932.
in the doghouse