strip down to

strip down to (something)

1. To remove all or nearly all one's clothes, leaving only bare skin or some minimal articles or levels of clothing. She stripped down to her undergarments and jumped into the lake. I had to strip down to my boxers for the physical exam. We all stripped to the skin before stepping into the hot tub.
2. To remove someone else's clothes, leaving only bare skin or some minimal articles or levels of clothing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "strip" and "down." I had to strip Daniel down to his underwear in order to wash all that muck off him. The guards stripped the prisoner down to his socks to make sure he didn't have any weapons or contraband on him.
3. To remove all of the clothes above a certain point on one's body, typically one's waist. She stripped down to the waist so the doctor could examine her heartbeat and breathing.
4. To remove all of the clothes someone is wearing above a certain point on their body, typically the waist. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "strip" and "down." They stripped me down to my waist so that the chemicals on my shirt wouldn't burn my skin.
See also: down, strip

strip someone or something down to something

 and strip someone or something down
to remove the covering of someone or something down to the lowest level. The emergency room nurse stripped the unconscious patient down to his shorts. He stripped down the patient to his underwear. He stripped the patient down.
See also: down, strip
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It wouldn't be the first time for Williams to strip down to her undies.
Dushku added: "I'll strip down to my underwear and my Ugg boots when I eat lunch in my trailer.
Not until track nine does he strip down to his trance roots and reclaim his domain.
STRIP DOWN to Capezio Overs and Unders when the weather gets hot.
They want to find a group of two to five friends to strip down to their undies and be snapped for a billboard advertising campaign.
Tennant and cohort Chris Lowe don't strip down to bare acoustics here, but for the moment their trademark grandiosity is taking a backseat.
She even forced Joel - who was celebrating his 24th birthday - to do an almost full monty and strip down to his boxer shorts.
They attacked him and forced him to strip down to his underwear before they threw his clothes into Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
Daniels can do just about anything, and his laser-edged ballet technique only emphasized his work's in-your-face sexuality, which included a strip down to his dance belt.
In Los Angeles, delegates who arrive with jackets stuffed into their aircraft overheads can loosen their ties and strip down to their essentials.
SCHOOL pupils were ordered to strip down to their underwear by a teacher.