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doghouse

[dog-hous, dog-] /ˈdɒgˌhaʊs, ˈdɒg-/
noun, plural doghouses
[dog-hou-ziz, dog-] /ˈdɒgˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈdɒg-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a small shelter for a dog.
2.
(on a yacht) a small cabin that presents a relatively high profile and gives the appearance of a box.
Compare trunk cabin.
3.
Rocketry Slang. a bulge on the surface of a rocket or missile, for scientific instruments.
Idioms
4.
in the doghouse, Slang. in disfavor or disgrace.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; dog + house
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British Dictionary definitions for in the doghouse

doghouse

/ˈdɒɡˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a hutlike shelter for a dog Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) kennel
2.
(informal) disfavour (in the phrase in the doghouse)
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Word Origin and History for in the doghouse

doghouse

n.

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.

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in the doghouse in Culture

in the doghouse definition


Temporarily out of favor or in trouble: “Tyrone forgot his wife's anniversary, and now he's really in the doghouse.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for in the doghouse

in the doghouse

adjective phrase

In a position or status of obloquy; out of favor, esp temporarily: The press secretary is in the doghouse for cussing out a reporter/ He was in a doghouse at home on account of coming home cockeyed on his wedding anniversary (1932+)


doghouse

noun
  1. Any small structure resembling in some way a dog's individual kennel: The boat has a doghouse over the main cabin
  2. The bass viol: When the bull-fiddler plucks the strings he is slapping the doghouse (1920s+ Jazz musicians)
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Idioms and Phrases with in the doghouse
In disfavor, in trouble, as in Jane knew that forgetting the check would put her in the doghouse. This expression alludes to relegating a dog that misbehaves to its outdoor kennel. [ c. 1900 ]
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