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dress down

verb

Definition of dress down

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to reprove severely

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to dress casually especially for reasons of fashion



Examples of dress down in a sentence

  1. <dressed down for boorish behavior at the dance>



1852

First Known Use of dress down

1852


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