in the doghouse

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.
  1. in the doghouse, Slang. in disfavor or disgrace.


  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)

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.

Temporarily out of favor or in trouble: “Tyrone forgot his wife’s anniversary, and now he’s really 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]

see in the doghouse.

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