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dress down

1. To severely reprimand someone. A noun or pronoun can be used 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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AT BARCLAYS where dressing down codes for non-customer facing staff have been in place for several years' the company has not found staff rude, lazy or flirtatious.
Whatever the dress code, people must never fall into the trap of confusing dressing down with dressing badly as this is one easy way of jeopardising a career.
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The study, carried out by High Street clothes company Austin Reed, shows Midland men match the national average where dressing down for work is concerned.
Strachan was driving with his wife Lesley when the incident happened, prompting him to flag down the bus and give the guilty parties a severe dressing down.
The Crazy In Love singer wowed the audience in a saucy pink dress, before dressing down in jeans to snuggle up to her boyfriend Jay-Z.
"I would rather have no shoes on, my hair in a bun and no make-up." But luckily for fans, the gorgeous star has no plans to start dressing down on stage.
"The `suit is dead' coverage that surrounded Arthur Andersen's decision to allow dressing down at work seems to be premature," said Mr Matthew Norton, managing director of tailors Norton & Townsend, who commissioned the survey.
Everyone loves dressing up now and again but there often comes a time when dressing down seems like a much better option.
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Dressing down is most prevalent in the manufacturing and engineering sectors and among professionals.
"Dressing down says that you have reached where you want to be, and that you don't need your customers any more."
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However, Glasgow fashion designer Spencer Railton believes that although stars are opting to wear jeans, they're not totally dressing down for big events.
NOT TWO SMART: Jessica seems to be dressing down to Rhys's level