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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At ease with their family, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dressed down for a lunchtime outing with the sovereign and her husband, Prince Philip today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Lunch with the Queen in Laid-Back Looks," 23 Aug. 2019 Rounding out the busy page was a story dressing down Ted Williams for his absence from an MLB 100th anniversary party, Nixon’s foreign travel, and the latest moves out of the State House. Christina Prignano, BostonGlobe.com, "The moon landing and Chappaquiddick: How this week in 1969 unfolded in the pages of the Globe," 17 July 2019 In ripped dark wash jeans from Re/Done, a navy pullover, and her signature teensy sunglasses, Hadid was uncharacteristically dressed down, but her shoes elevated the entire look. Vogue, "Forget Flip Flops! Bella Hadid Finds Summer’s Perfect Sandal," 12 July 2019 Every week the office celebrates a company holiday and employees can dress down for the entire week. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "MEDIUM COMPANY RANKINGS:," 13 June 2019 Lopez and Rodriguez both dressed down for the occasion, with Jennifer styling classic ripped blue jeans with white sneakers, a cream coat and a huge furry stole—as well as a new future hubby. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, and Her Giant Engagement Ring Shared a Date Night in NYC," 18 Mar. 2019 After dressing up in sequins for a charity gala performance with Prince Harry earlier this week, Meghan dressed down for yesterday's meeting, layering her dark overcoat over a distressed denim. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Sports Ripped Jeans and Heels for a Casual-Chic Outing in Notting Hill," 19 Jan. 2019 Recall Chris Christie’s entertaining dressing down of a robotic Marco Rubio in a February 2016 debate. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Will anyone be brave enough to try to take down Joe Biden?," 28 June 2019 Dressed up or dressed down, this super versatile statement shade is always there for you. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Olive & June Debut Surprise Summer Collection With Nod To Black Tastemakers," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of dress down

1852, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of dress down was in 1852

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