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be in the doghouse
slang To be in trouble with someone due to one's misdeeds or blunders. I'll be in the doghouse if I come into work late again this week. You've been in the doghouse with Maria ever since you forgot her birthday.
*in the doghouse
Fig. in trouble; in (someone's) disfavor. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; find oneself ~; put someone [into] ~.) I'm really in the doghouse with my boss. I was late for an appointment. I hate being in the doghouse all the time. I don't know why I can't stay out of trouble.
in the doghouse
in a situation in which someone is annoyed with you because of something you did The president's aide is in the doghouse over remarks she made to the press.
Usage notes: the opposite is out of the doghouse: She won't be out of the doghouse until she apologizes.
Etymology: based on the idea of being punished like a dog who is forced to stay in a doghouse (a shelter used by a dog), away from people
be in the doghouse(informal)
if someone is in the doghouse, another person is annoyed with them because of something they have done I forgot to turn the oven off and the dinner's ruined, so I'm really in the doghouse.
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]
in the doghouseSlang
In great disfavor or trouble.