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dress down

1. To severely reprimand one. The person being scolded can be stated between "dress" and "down." The boss will definitely dress down the person who messed up this report. Mom and dad dressed me down when I came in after curfew yet again.
2. To dress more casually than usual. We're allowed to dress down on Fridays if we don't have any big meetings scheduled.
See also: down, dress

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

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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'The popularity of 'dress down days' and relaxed attitudes towards dress code have soared in recent years.
Dress down with beaded sandals or up to the sky in sexy high wedges.
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Come to think of it, maybe that bank should hang onto dress down Friday.
Then as the new Millennium approached, the party atmosphere continued with the introduction of the dreaded dress down days where staff could go straight from the office to the pub.
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HUNDREDS of pupils at schools in Coventry and Warwickshire threw uniforms aside for the Air Ambulance Dress Down Day.
The 35-year-old hates the English Rose image which shot her to fame and likes to dress down at home.
"The Emmy's people called me and said that I should really dress down but no way - never, " she said.
More than 10 per cent of companies have an American-style "Dress Down Friday" and one reported a drastic cut in staff taking a sneaky day off.
And it is businesses in London and Birmingham that are most likely to have a dress down policy (26 per cent and 24 per cent respectively) whilst Scottish Businesses are least likely (13 per cent).
FASHION experts are warning it's time to ditch the little black dress for this year's festive season and dress down with casual glamour.
So as we head towards March, cast off those heavy clothes of winter and start to dress down for spring.
TONY Blair's call for MPs to "dress down" doesn't quite fit with other top politicians - and what would Betty Boothroyd think?