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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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Dressing down at the Halifax Building Society's head office in Halifax, West Yorkshire, brings a double benefit.
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I admit that measuring productivity in an office by comparing one day to another is difficult, but I believe if dressing down has an effect on productivity, it's only negative.
The MP caught up with him at the five-a-side pitches outside the studios and gave him a dressing down.
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The Ospreys star reveals in his book My Grand Slam Year, how he was given a dressing down by coach Mike Ruddock and the police after damaging a toilet and scuffling with bouncers following a drinking session at The Yard pub in Cardiff's St Mary Street.
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A new survey shows that bosses are now set against an idea that was once seen as a driver of creativity, productivity and motivation - dressing down at work.
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NEWSREADER Katie Derham has been given a dressing down by her bosses at ITN after she failed to turn up to read a news bulletin.
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Godmother Bea Reygan, of Plymouth, said: "He's been given an diabolical dressing down.
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