dress down
verb Date: 1852 transitive verb to reprove severely intransitive verb to dress casually especially for reasons of fashion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dress-down — [dres′doun΄] adj. of or relating to a policy allowing casual attire in an activity, job, etc. that ordinarily requires more formal dress * * * …   Universalium

  • dress down — ► dress down informal 1) reprimand. 2) wear informal clothes. Main Entry: ↑dress …   English terms dictionary

  • dress-down — [dres′doun΄] adj. of or relating to a policy allowing casual attire in an activity, job, etc. that ordinarily requires more formal dress …   English World dictionary

  • dress down — index browbeat, denounce (condemn), disapprove (condemn), fault, reprehend, reprimand Burton s Lega …   Law dictionary

  • dress down — [v] scold bawl out, berate, carpet, castigate, censure, chew out*, lash, rail, rake over coals*, ream, rebuke, reprimand, reprove, tear into*, tell off*, tongue lash*, upbraid; concept 52 Ant. compliment, flatter, praise …   New thesaurus

  • dress down — verb 1. censure severely or angrily The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger s car The deputy ragged the Prime Minister The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup • Syn: ↑call on the carpet, ↑take to task, ↑rebuke, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • dress down — phrasal verb Word forms dress down : present tense I/you/we/they dress down he/she/it dresses down present participle dressing down past tense dressed down past participle dressed down 1) [intransitive] to wear clothes that are more informal than …   English dictionary

  • dress down — 1) even the execs dress down on Fridays Syn: dress informally, dress casually 2) never dress down an employee in front of his colleagues See reprimand 1 …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • dress-down — /ˈdrɛs daʊn/ (say dres down) adjective of or relating to a work day, event, etc., for which one dresses casually: dress down Friday. {derived from phrasal verb dress down. (See dress def. 18b) …   Australian English dictionary

  • dress down — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you dress down, you wear clothes that are less smart than usual. [V P] She dresses down in dark glasses and baggy clothes to avoid hordes of admirers. 2) PHRASAL VERB If you dress someone down, you speak angrily to them because …   English dictionary

  • dress down — UK US dress down Phrasal Verb with dress({{}}/dres/ verb ► WORKPLACE to wear more informal clothes to work than you usually do: »Staff have been told that they can dress down on Fridays …   Financial and business terms

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