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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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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.
At our call-centre in Walsgrave a dressing down code was recently introduced.
And Strachan revealed it is not the first time he has given out a dressing down to foul-acting teenagers and members of the public.
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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However, Glasgow fashion designer Spencer Railton believes that although stars are opting to wear jeans, they're not totally dressing down for big events.
The image guru said there has been a backlash against dressing down in the States.
But you've got to hand it to the gal - she's certainly got dressing down, down to a dressed-up, sophisticated art.
Sam points out that dressing down days in sectors where a business suit is the norm, often causes even more stress as employees wonder what image to project to fit in.
Sam says: "Companies often introduce dressing down as a gesture to demonstrate that work can be flexible, relaxed and creative.
But, according to Peter Clough, lecturer in psychology at the University Of Hull, dressing down isn't necessarily such a great idea: "It may affect morale but there's no evidence that it affects productivity.
The bosses insist dressing down, far from dumbing down, can mean a more effective and less stressed workforce.
The DJ tore into the BBC chief after getting a dressing down for his breakfast show antics.
But the Spice Girls took the dressing down in their stride.
He was capable of being extremely charming to people, to be winning - but he was also capable of verbal brutality, public dressing downs, not only of his children but senior managers.