A doghouse, known in British English
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as a kennel, is a small shed
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commonly built in the shape of a little house
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intended for a dog. It is a structure in which a dog
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is kept or can run into for shelter from the elements
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, "doghouse" is commonly a builder
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term for a dormer
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. The name is derived from the appearance of improperly proportioned dormers, which do resemble dog houses. A properly proportioned dormer should neatly fit over the window
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it is meant to frame. A common mistake is to undersize the windows or oversize the dormer, which necessitates the use of siding
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or other infill
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material with the structure treated as a gable
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end. Some architects use the word "doghouse" in a derogatory manner to indicate an ignorance of "honest" building practices often found in low-cost residential and light commercial, developer-built structures. See also pork chop eave.
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is also sometimes jokingly referred to as a doghouse due to its largeness of sound, especially by jazz or bluegrass musicians.
In the doghouseThe idiom 'In the doghouse/Land yourself in the doghouse' means out of favour and in trouble with a person/people because of an offence/caused upset, for example for a husband
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who is figuratively sent to the doghouse in the same way that a dog is removed from the human habitation. This is the principal usage of the expression dog house in British English.
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