dressing-down(redirected from a dressing down)
A severe reprimand. The person who messed up this report is definitely going to get a dressing-down. Mom and Dad gave me a dressing-down when I came in after curfew yet again.
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a harsh scolding. The boss gave the entire sales crew a powerful dressing-down for missing their forecast.
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