hen·​house | \ˈhen-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of henhouse 

: a house or shelter for fowl

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The killer snake finagled its way into a chicken coop in Kerala, India, killed a chicken and then tried to eat eight of the eggs laying around the henhouse. Fox News, "WARNING, GRAPHIC IMAGES: Greedy snake tries to eat 8 chicken eggs at once, fails miserably," 13 Apr. 2018 And sister-and-brother corporate power brokers (Malin Akerman and Jake Lacy, playing antagonist with prime-time soap excess that falls flat compared with Morgan’s smirking farmhouse-henhouse-outhouse riff). Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "A brand of Rock to soothe the savage beast," 11 Apr. 2018 More: William Strampel was the fox guarding Larry Nassar's henhouse at MSU, prosecutors say Questions from the Free Press to the university about why employees who were aware of Nassar complaints were still working were not directly answered. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "MSU trainers knew Nassar issues but are still on job, ex-athletes say," 30 Mar. 2018 As a result, putting Peter in charge of the Indigo investigation is like the fox guarding the henhouse. Ron Gilmer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Counterpart': A Deep Dive Into the Season Finale With Creator Justin Marks," 1 Apr. 2018 Nick King/Lansing State Journal Looks like the fox was guarding the henhouse. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "William Strampel was the fox guarding Larry Nassar's henhouse at MSU, prosecutors say," 27 Mar. 2018 Brooke and Steve Giannetti, designers and authors of Patina Farm, built a henhouse worth clucking about. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "This Couple Built the Chicken Coop of Our Dreams and It's So Charming," 9 Mar. 2018 Trump sent a fox to guard the henhouse The agency’s first director, Barack Obama appointee Richard Cordray, stepped down in November. Mallory E. Sorelle, Washington Post, "Will Republicans be able to dismantle the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?," 13 Feb. 2018 Another fox, another henhouse: President Trump has named a coal industry consultant to lead the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation and Enforcement. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump administration stuck between two GOP sides on ethanol," 27 Oct. 2017

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1509, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of henhouse

: a covered shelter for chickens or other birds

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