dog·​house | \ ˈdȯg-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce doghouse (audio) \

Definition of doghouse

1 : a shelter for a dog
2 : a state of disfavor often used in the phrase in the doghouse

Examples of doghouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Major Biden's in the doghouse: After two biting incidents at the White House, the president's pooch is getting additional training. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "'This is murder'," 12 Apr. 2021 This is a whole new challenge for Kerr, and to get out of the report-card doghouse, his Warriors are going to have to roll out wins like Monday’s on a more consistent basis. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors' Steve Kerr struggling with the NBA reality he warned us was coming.," 7 Apr. 2021 This doghouse may look familiar—Beau Clowney Architects reimagined our 2020 Idea House (The Ramble Farmhouse, SL-2052) in the ideal pet-size proportions. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "This Dog House Plan Is Exactly What Your Pet Needs," 8 Mar. 2021 China often sends countries that cross it to the doghouse in some form. The Economist, "Asian countries are learning to cope with Chinese bullying," 27 Feb. 2021 This may range from finding a doghouse for the backyard to bringing the dog inside the home on these occasions. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "Universal City dog left out in rain spurs debate about neglect," 11 Feb. 2021 As Left pointed out, the same management that presided over GameStop’s decline into the retail doghouse is still in charge; most took their seats in mid-2019. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trade the GameStop short squeeze if you wish, but it’s very stupid," 26 Jan. 2021 After spending many weeks in Harbaugh’s doghouse over his first two seasons, the 2017 second-round pick made significant strides last year. Childs Walker,, "From Chris Board to Ben Powers, these Ravens have moved from fringe to central roles in team’s playoff push," 26 Dec. 2020 On top of everything else, Kitchens dealt with player issues all season long, from safety Damarious Randall losing focus in practice to tight end David Njoku and Rashard Higgins landing in the doghouse and barely playing. cleveland, "Drew Stanton: Where it went wrong for Baker Mayfield and Freddie Kitchens and why it’s great for the QB now," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of doghouse

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of doghouse was in 1594

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22 Apr 2021

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“Doghouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doghouse

US : an outdoor shelter with a roof for a dog


dog·​house | \ ˈdȯg-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce doghouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of doghouse

: a shelter for a dog
in the doghouse
: in trouble over some wrongdoing

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