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

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Clorox is taking its turn in the household goods doghouse. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Clorox’s Turn to Leave a Mess in Consumer Goods Business," 1 May 2019 Could this really be the year that dachshunds get out of the Westminster doghouse? Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "Dachshunds get chance to break out of Westminster doghouse," 12 Feb. 2019 Linus walks up to the doghouse and notices its occupant in battle pose. Steve Johnson,, "Snoopy battles the Red Baron again in new museum exhibit," 22 Mar. 2018 Though Facebook could use some non-Facebook content properties on which to serve ads to Facebook users, Mark Zuckerberg is in the doghouse with investors right now. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "CBS Scandal Is Neatly Timed," 31 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of doghouse

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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