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[dog-hous, dog-]
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noun, plural dog·hous·es [dog-hou-ziz, dog-] /ˈdɒgˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈdɒg-/.
  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.
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  1. in the doghouse, Slang. in disfavor or disgrace.
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Origin of doghouse

First recorded in 1605–15; dog + house
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Related Words for in the doghouse

contemptible, vile, shady, despicable, shameful, sordid, abject, bad, base, beggarly, cheap, derogatory, disgraceful, disorderly, dissolute, ignominious, infamous, inglorious, lewd, libidinous

British Dictionary definitions for in the doghouse


  1. US and Canadian a hutlike shelter for a dogAlso 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



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

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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Idioms and Phrases with in the doghouse

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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