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Meaning of DRESS DOWN

Pronunciation:  dres dawn

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  put on clothes that make a careless or ill-dressed impression
  2. [v]  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"; "check" is archaic
 
 Synonyms: bawl out, berate, chew out, chew up, chide, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, trounce, underdress
 
 Antonyms: attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gussy up, overdress, prink, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up
 
 See Also: brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, criticise, criticize, dress, get dressed, objurgate, pick apart, tell off

 

 

Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: call down, come down on, flax, give a dressing-down, give it to, hide, jump all over, jump on, larrup, lather, leather, lick, paddle, speak to, talk to, tan, tell off, trim, wallop, welt, whale
 

 

 

 

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