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
Recent Examples on the Web Vice President Joe Biden was losing his temper, dressing down the president of Ukraine in front of a group of high-level advisers and officials from both countries inside a regal complex at the United Nations. Author: Matt Viser, Paul Sonne, Anchorage Daily News, "Inside Biden’s brawling efforts to reform Ukraine," 20 Oct. 2019 Later, Waterhouse, dressed down in a T-shirt and jeans, took to the stage. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Kendall, Hailey, Cara! Models Galore Came Out to the Opening of Edition Hotels’s Times Square Outpost," 13 Mar. 2019 Colman is breathtaking in those rare scenes when Elizabeth registers anger, reveals disappointment or dresses down a family member. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "‘The Crown’: All hail Olivia Colman as Elizabeth II," 13 Nov. 2019 El Tri have some pride to restore after they were given a 4–0 dressing down by Argentina in their previous outing. Si Wire, SI.com, "Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Time," 2 Oct. 2019 Whereas Mr Milne is always impeccably dressed in a suit and tie, Mr Cummings dresses down in a sleeveless jacket and trainers. The Economist, "Cummings and Milne, rival advisers bent on disrupting British politics," 29 Sep. 2019 Antony JonesGetty Images This week, the Duchess of Cambridge dressed down for the inaugural Kings Cup regatta at The Royal Yacht Squadron. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Favorite Casual Sneakers Are on Sale for $49," 10 Aug. 2019 The Birmingham office had no reaction to its dressing down on Friday. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "A Presidential Storm Leaves Forecasters Rebuked," 6 Sep. 2019 Whitney always pictured herself wearing an embellished, strapless dress down the aisle. Vogue, "A Black-Tie Wedding in Sea Island Ended With a Coachella Themed After-Party," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dress down

1852, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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1 Dec 2019

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“Dress down.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressed%20down. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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