Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To housebreak.

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  • verb To teach a house pet to urinate and defecate outside or in a designated location in the home.

Etymologies

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house +‎ train

Examples

  • This public thinks that I look "like a dog" and use my column to housetrain the folks I resemble!

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  • Stormy dog was hard to housetrain, it took months for him to get it, even with crate training.

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  • You do it the same way you housetrain a puppy - by rubbing their noses in it and smacking them upside the head with a rolled-up newspaper.

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  • In the next hundred days, we will housetrain our dog, Bo, because the last thing Tim Geithner needs is someone else treating him like a fire hydrant.

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  • You'd think they'd stop printing this sort of thing on paper by now, but I suppose if they did people would have nothing to housetrain their new puppies on.

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  • You'd think they'd stop printing this sort of thing on paper by now, but I suppose if they did people would have nothing to housetrain their new puppies on.

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  • I hope they housetrain him and he finds a home soon.

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  • My idea was the keep the dog in her kennel when we weren't home, but let her out in spurts throughout the day when we were there so that she could get used to the house and we could housetrain her.

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  • So, after witnessing this experience, I knew I would have to leave the dog in the cage to sleep and when no one was around, but I didn't mind since this is a good way to housetrain a puppy.

    A dog's life

  • My idea was the keep the dog in her kennel when we weren't home, but let her out in spurts throughout the day when we were there so that she could get used to the house and we could housetrain her.

    A dog's life

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