dress down

verb

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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The styles didn’t help, either: women wore full-length dresses down to their ankles with sleeves, while men competed in long pants, mostly all made of cotton. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Why Wimbledon Players Have to Wear All White," 2 July 2018 The Spaniard’s reported dressing down of Ronaldo only furthers his image as Madrid’s natural leader and the focal point of Zinedine Zidane’s squad, both on and off the pitch. SI.com, "Sergio Ramos Makes Feelings Clear to Cristiano Ronaldo After Star's Shock Comments on Madrid Future," 30 May 2018 Also right: The clothes — Blanchett wears everything with implacable style even when Lou is dressing down. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Ocean’s 8’ is a different take on the bling ring," 6 June 2018 Her singer beau dressed down in a navy tracksuit and a Yankee cap. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Now Headed to Brazil Together," 29 June 2018 Today, Bus Stop riders will dress down a rider for attacking by coming around the group in traffic. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 While her mom and dad dressed down in dark colors, Lea de Seine wore a white long sleeve shirt and pants. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper, Irina Shayk, and Their Baby Hit the Beach," 25 Jan. 2018 The clip starts off with Drake, dressed down in a forest green OVO sweat suit, sneaking out of bed with a woman to attend the reunion. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Drake Is the Most Dapper Degrassi Star in His High School Reunion Music Video," 14 June 2018 For more on the changes, including what happened the last time the Queen dressed down, head over to the Telegraph. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Queen Broke a Royal Tradition for the First Time in 40 Years," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of dress down

1852, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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