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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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And although there are now an estimated 700,000 UK businesses with a dress down policy, relatively few are in Scotland.
Four out of five small businesses which have a dress down policy introduced it within the last 12 months.
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Hearing dogs for deaf people was the selected charity to benefit from the latest dress down day.
But all is not lost, the dress-down suit is here - all the benefits of fine tailoring and immaculate appearance to make the dress down a bit more dress up.
Since dress-down Friday - an American thing - found its way over to this side of the Atlantic, it has soon become de rigeur to dress down all week long in some companies.
Since January, Andersen's has allowed its employees to wear 'business appropriate' clothes - giving them the freedom to dress down, or up, to meet the occasion.
In an interview the youthful 47-year-old has advised Government ministers to dress down for work, and said he was himself trying to dress more casually for the office.
In Birmingham business advisers KPMG have been having a dress down day every Friday for the past six months.
Dress down Friday in the 80s became dress down all week long, and the suit was suddenly out in the world of work.
Executives who leave their pin-stripe suit on the coat-hanger and dress down for the office are blamed for tough trading conditions in the formal menswear market.
Most business people still prefer to wear suits to work, despite some encouragement to dress down.
A poll reveals only 36 per cent of respondents said they wanted to dress down all the time at work.
A West Midlands gents outfitters has attacked Arthur Andersen for allowing staff to dress down.