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A compartment in a railway carriage without a corridor.
- in the dogbox
In disfavour.‘I was in the dogbox right enough’
- ‘Nope, I'm still in the dogbox, and shouldn't have commented on the jam trips to the dessert.’
- ‘He has been in the dogbox after a television documentary on child prostitution showed him flirting with underage girls.’
- ‘Before we worked out we were on competing mobile networks, the poor man was constantly in the dogbox for not getting back to me quick enough.’
- ‘If you are in the dogbox and are sorry about something, a ‘poem to say I'm sorry’ might be just what you need.’
- ‘There are also many helpful pointers that will help you avoid those nights in the dogbox and those nasty flower bills.’
New Zealand, South African informal
Early 19th century originally denoting a box for a dog to lie in, later denoting a railway compartment for transporting dogs.
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