dressing-down

noun
dres·sing-down | \ ˌdre-siŋ-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of dressing-down 

: a severe reprimand

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1876, in the meaning defined above

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dressing-down

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dressing-down

: the act of speaking angrily to someone about something done wrong

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