dres·​sing-down ˌdre-siŋ-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce dressing-down (audio)
: a severe reprimand

Examples of dressing-down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Indian Foreign Ministry immediately summoned German and U.S. diplomats for a dressing-down in New Delhi. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 Moreover, in a very rare action, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. was called to the State Department for a dressing-down. Elliott Abrams, National Review, 24 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dressing-down was in 1876

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“Dressing-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressing-down. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a severe criticism

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