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in the doghouse

slang 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.
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*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.
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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]
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in the doghouse

INFORMAL
If you are in the doghouse, someone is annoyed with you because of something you have done. If you give her a birthday card and nothing else, you'll be in the doghouse. Four Caribbean prime ministers have landed themselves in the doghouse after failing to turn up to a top-level meeting at the White House. Note: In American English, a `doghouse' is a kennel.
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in the doghouse (or dogbox)

in disgrace or disfavour. informal
1963 Pamela Hansford Johnson Night & Silence He'd been getting bad grades, he was in the dog-house as it was.
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in the doghouse

Slang
In great disfavor or trouble.
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