in the doghouse


[dog-hous, dog-]
noun, plural doghouses [dog-hou-ziz, dog-] .
a small shelter for a dog.
(on a yacht) a small cabin that presents a relatively high profile and gives the appearance of a box. Compare trunk cabin.
Rocketry Slang. a bulge on the surface of a rocket or missile, for scientific instruments.
in the doghouse, Slang. in disfavor or disgrace.

1605–15; dog + house Unabridged
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doghouse (ˈdɒɡˌhaʊs)
1.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): kennel a hutlike shelter for a dog
2.  informal disfavour (in the phrase in the doghouse)

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Word Origin & History

1611, from dog (n.) + house. 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 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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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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