The dog house

Idiom

The dog house

Definition

A state of displeasure or embarrassment as a result of being criticized or reprimanded.

Examples

After forgetting to do his chores, he found himself in the dog house.

My boss put me in the dog house after I made a mistake.

Origin

Notion of a dog being sent to a literal doghouse when they have done something wrong.

FAQs

What does it mean to be in the dog house?

It means to be in a state of displeasure or embarrassment as a result of being criticized or reprimanded.

Where did this phrase come from?

It comes from the notion of a dog being sent to a literal doghouse when they have done something wrong.