dog·house | \ˈdȯg-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of doghouse 

1 : a shelter for a dog

2 : a state of disfavor often used in the phrase in the doghouse

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After finding herself in hot water with the former Countess over her friendship with de Lesseps’ ex Tom D’Agostino, Singer was once again back in the doghouse on Wednesday’s all-new Real Housewives of New York City. Dave Quinn,, "Luann de Lesseps Lashes Out at 'She-Devil' Ramona Singer Over Post-Rehab Instagram Photo," 27 June 2018 The parks offer obstacle courses and a two-story doghouse for small dogs to explore. Ingrid Wilgen, San Antonio Express-News, "Dog parks offer off-leash time and a place to play," 11 June 2018 With each major movie studio showing off their wares for the year ahead, which dog came out on top and who's in the doghouse? Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "The mighty movie winners (Tom Cruise, 'A Star Is Born') and losers ('Solo') at CinemaCon," 27 Apr. 2018 There’s one rather large bunny — much bigger than the farm’s cats — who has his own doghouse-sized retreat in a fenced area. Nancy Coltun Webster,, "Nature fun abounds at The Children’s Farm, Little Red Schoolhouse," 13 May 2018 Dogs used to live mostly outside, often confined to a kennel or tied to a doghouse. Lauren Ritchie,, "Lake up next to shut down retail stores selling puppies, and Orange should do it too," 4 May 2018 Our chemical-free pest control includes everything from a nearby doghouse to aluminum pie-tins tied to stakes to rattle in the wind as a means to frighten away cottontail offenders. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Carrots are a colorful ingredient addition for any season," 30 Mar. 2018 Even the unexpected is accounted for – with Edsall, for example, leaving at least 30 minutes unoccupied each week so in-the-doghouse players can pull weighted sleds at 6 a.m. without surpassing the NCAA’s 20-hour weekly work limit. Mike Anthony,, "Behind The Scenes With Randy Edsall: Inside Look At A Football Coach Rebuilding UConn Program," 24 Apr. 2018 As the Wall Street Journal noted a couple days ago, Google collects way more data on people than Facebook does, despite the latter company currently being in the doghouse over privacy. David Meyer, Fortune, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai Isn't Stressed Over Privacy, But Investors May Have Reason to Worry," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of doghouse

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in the doghouse

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The first known use of doghouse was in 1594

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English Language Learners Definition of doghouse

: an outdoor shelter with a roof for a dog


dog·house | \ˈdȯg-ˌhau̇s \

Kids Definition of doghouse

: a shelter for a dog

in the doghouse

: in trouble over some wrongdoing

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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