house-trained


house-trained
   no longer given to involuntary urination or defecation
   Usually of domestic pets, but sometimes of young children. Figurative use of a subservient male in the home, and of anyone who is induced to comply with the practices and abuses of those over whom he is nominally in charge:
    The Civil Service phrase for making a new Minister see things their way is 'housetraining'. (Lynn and Jay, 1981)

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  • house-trained — adj BrE a pet animal that is house trained has been trained not to make the house dirty with its ↑urine and ↑faeces American Equivalent: housebroken >housetrain v [T] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • house-trained — adj. same as {housebroken}. Syn: housebroken, housetrained. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • house-trained — adjective (of pets) trained to urinate and defecate outside or in a special place housebroken pets house trained is chiefly British • Syn: ↑housebroken • Similar to: ↑trained * * * /ˈhaʊsˌtreınd/ adj chiefly Brit : ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • house-trained — adjective BrE a pet that is house trained has been trained not to make the house dirty with its urine and faeces; housebroken AmE housetrain verb (T) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • house-trained — UK / US adjective British 1) a pet that is house trained knows that it must go outside or use a special container inside when it needs to get rid of urine or faeces from its body. The American word is housebroken. 2) humorous knowing how to… …   English dictionary

  • ˈhouse-ˌtrained — adj British a pet that is house trained knows that it must go outside or use a special container inside when it needs to go to the toilet …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • house-trained — /ˈhaʊs treɪnd/ (say hows traynd) adjective 1. (of a pet) trained to excrete outside the house. 2. (humorous) (of a person) capable of looking after a house and domestic affairs …   Australian English dictionary

  • house-trained — adjective Of a pet: trained not to excrete indoors. Syn: house broken …   Wiktionary

  • house-trained — /hows traynd /, adj. Brit. housebroken. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • house-broken — houseˈ broken adjective House trained • • • Main Entry: ↑house * * * ˈhouse broken [house broken] (NAmE) (BrE …   Useful english dictionary


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