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dress someone down

to bawl someone out; to give someone a good scolding. The drill sergeant dressed down the entire squadron for failing inspection. I'm really late. I know my parents will dress me down when I get home.
See also: down, dress

dress down

to wear informal clothes I dress down if I know I'm just going to be moving boxes of documents at work.
Usage notes: often said about wearing informal clothes at work
See also: down, dress

dress somebody down

also dress down somebody
to tell someone angrily what they have done wrong She dressed him down in front of a large group of his co-workers. He dresses down players on their performance in the games.
See also: down, dress

dress down

1. Scold, reprimand, as in The sergeant will dress down the entire unit. In the 15th century the verb dress alone was used in the sense of "punish," down being added several centuries later. It also gave rise to the noun dressing down for punishment with blows or words. For example, The teacher gave the girls a severe dressing down.
2. Wear informal clothes, as in It's best to dress down for a party like a barbecue. [Mid-1900s] For the antonym, see dress up.
See also: down, dress

dress down

v.
1. To scold or reprimand someone: The teacher dressed down the students for arriving to class late. My parents dressed me down for being rude.
2. To wear informal clothes, befitting an occasion or location: I dressed down for the casual party.
See also: down, dress
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And although there are now an estimated 700,000 UK businesses with a dress down policy, relatively few are in Scotland.
However, Fish4jobs recommends UK workers think before they dress down to keep comfortable in the office.
Throughout March we have paid to do dress down Fridays and people have been putting in their own donations as well.
On dress down days, use key items to achieve a suitable look, such as jackets or vests to dress up casual clothes, polo shirts instead of t-shirts, straight skirts instead of loose and flowy, semi-fitted tops and bottoms instead of soft dresses and crisp and tailored cuts instead of loose styles.
Events planned by workers at ACC, the home to BT Convention Centre and ECHO arena, included bake off competitions, dress down days and quiz nights.
8220;The Dress Down Friday incentive proved to be a tremendous success that produced win-win results for both our staff and a wonderfully important organization like the March of Dimes,” says Tomas Gordon, CEO at ClearOne Advantage.
The credit union held a blue dress down day and bake sale for prostate cancer and a pink dress down day and a gift basket auction for breast cancer.
This is because of a) the influence of such factors as Dress Down Friday (extended, in many cases, to Dress Down Every Day) and the current trend towards abandoning ties; b) today's general culture of self-centeredness; and c) a failure to recognise that how you dress is a courtesy - or discourtesy - to others.
The Bellingham Moss Adams office has designated one Friday each month as Dress Down for Charity Day, an office sponsored day that supports a more casual dress code, and provides an opportunity to donate to a worthy cause.
According to him, to make someone dress down his soul for money is much more shameful than to pay someone to strip for you.
You feel a bit aggrieved having to change for the protesters, but the company asked us to dress down, so we did," he said.
Around 2000, tie sales were falling as casual dressing and dress down Fridays became the norm in offices, and working from home started to rise.
Glamorous gowns will be replaced by simple suits, say designers, stylists and jewelers who are scrambling to comply with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' edict to dress down the stars in a show of respect for the victims of the Sept.
In a mock display of decency, she pulled the dress down to cover herself.
Workers have said 'get knotted' to ties as a growing number of firms allow their staff to dress down Research shows the casual approach to wearing clothes has paid dividends, with four out of five companies reporting increased productivity among staff if they did not have to wear formal clothes, the study revealed.