dress down

verb
dressed down; dressing down; dresses down

Definition of dress down

transitive verb

: to reprove severely

intransitive verb

: to dress casually especially for reasons of fashion

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Examples of dress down in a Sentence

dressed down for boorish behavior at the dance

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All the parties weren’t just casual but totally dressed down. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Readers Weigh In on How to Dress for Work," 22 Jan. 2019 The model, who appeared to be in tears, wore a sheer, bright yellow dress down the runway. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Closes Karl Lagerfeld's Last Fendi Show," 21 Feb. 2019 Instead of sticking to the clean designs that were in vogue at that time, Jacobs tapped the energy of the grunge and punk scene instead, sending out clothes that were decidedly dressed down and shockingly unpolished. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell Just Re-Wore Her Look From Marc Jacobs’s 1993 Grunge Show," 9 Nov. 2018 That’s kind of her thing—subtle beauty moments and dressed down outfits. Vogue, "Angelababy’s Young Mom Style Is (Mostly) Down to Earth," 15 Mar. 2019 They’re pictured sitting on a giant tree branch, the duke and duchess dressed down in jeans while George wears wellies and Charlotte, a navy blue cardigan. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Is Designing an Amazing Garden," 11 Feb. 2019 While the 26-year-old Jealous singer dressed down in an open button shirt, his Quantico actress fiancée looked stunning in a rose gold metallic dress, with a striped pattern all over and strappy heels to match. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Have Joined Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas in India for Pre-Wedding Celebrations," 27 Nov. 2018 Though Chalamet, who wore a custom Louis Vuitton harness to the Golden Globes earlier this month, was dressed down in all black, Ocean definitely made a statement with his oversize accessory. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Frank Ocean Flaunts an Unlikely Front Row Accessory at the Louis Vuitton Show in Paris," 17 Jan. 2019 After appearing in a stunning caped gown at last night's State Dinner, Meghan Markle dressed down a bit for a day of engagements around the Fijian capital. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Beachy Pink Dress on Her Second Day in Fiji," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of dress down

1852, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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