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    Doghouse weather

    This is the dialogue from an American movie released in 1946:

    Sam: How are you?
    Harry: Fine.
    Sam: And the mistress?
    Harry: Oh, she's wonderful.
    Sam: Good.
    Harry: Good boy, you're sure in the doghouse weather.
    Sam: Why?
    Harry: What's the matter with you, anyway? Don't you answer phone calls anymore?

    What does doghouse weather mean in this context?

    Of course, Sam doesn't work in a dog pound, he is a soldier coming home after serving in the Pacific during WWII.
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    #2

    Re: Doghouse weather

    Quote Originally Posted by gamboler View Post
    This is the dialogue from an American movie released in 1946:

    Sam: How are you?
    Harry: Fine.
    Sam: And the mistress missus?
    Harry: Oh, she's wonderful.
    Sam: Good.
    Harry: Good But boy, you're sure in the doghouse with her weather.
    Sam: Why?
    Harry: ​Hey! What's the matter with you, anyway? Don't you answer phone calls anymore?

    What does doghouse weather mean in this context?

    Of course, Sam doesn't work in a dog pound, he is a soldier coming home after serving in the Pacific during WWII.
    See above. Missus is how we pronounce "Mrs." It was once common for Americans to refer to a man's wife, informally, as his "missus". You can still hear it occasionally.

    Being in the doghouse with someone else is being in bad graces. Harry must have recently seen Sam's wife, and she expressed anger towards her husband.
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    Re: Doghouse weather

    Quote Originally Posted by gamboler View Post
    Sam: And the missus? mistress?
    Harry: Oh, she's wonderful.
    Sam: Good.
    Harry: Good But boy, you're sure in the doghouse with her. weather.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...n-the-doghouse

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    Re: Doghouse weather

    When your wife is angry, you can't sleep in the house. You have to go sleep outside in the doghouse.

    It's not meant literally (except in Peter Pan).
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    Re: Doghouse weather

    Despite the dictionary definition, "in the doghouse" always refers to one's wife. In my 70 years I have never heard of someone being put in the doghouse by someone other than his wife. It's absolutely ironclad in my opinion. Only your wife can put you in the doghouse. cf this wonderful George Thorogood number https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlV3zeWnWZY
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    Re: Doghouse weather

    I completely disagree. Kids can be in the doghouse with their parents, employees can be in the doghouse with their manager, people can be in the doghouse with their friends.

    As you can see above and from the original recording, the slightly odd thing about it is that we say "XXX is in the doghouse with YYY", which makes it sound as if the two people are both in the doghouse. They're not. Only XXX is in the doghouse, put there by YYY. XXX is the one who is in trouble. YYY is the one who is angry.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Doghouse weather

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I completely disagree.
    Then it is probably a regional difference in usage. I believe the "with" phrase is never heard where I live. Certainly I have never heard it.

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