dressing-down

/dres"ing down"/, n.
a severe reprimand; scolding.
[1860-65, Amer.; n. use (with -ING1) of v. phrase dress down]

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ˌdressing-ˈdown [dressing-down] noun singular (old-fashioned, informal)
an occasion when sb speaks angrily to a person because they have done sth wrong

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • dressing-down — n [singular] an occasion when you talk angrily to someone because they have done something wrong give sb/get a dressing down ▪ The tobacco companies got a severe dressing down …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dressing-down — noun give someone a dressing down to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dressing down — index diatribe, obloquy, reprimand, reproach Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dressing-down — [n] severe scolding bawlingout, castigation, chiding, lambasting, reprimand, reproach, tongue lashing, upbraiding; concepts 123,278 …   New thesaurus

  • dressing-down — ► NOUN informal ▪ a severe reprimand …   English terms dictionary

  • dressing-down — [dres′iŋ doun′] n. a sound scolding …   English World dictionary

  • Dressing-down — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Dressing down (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on dressing down instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/dressing down …   Wikipedia

  • Dressing down — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Dressing down (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on dressing down instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/dressing down …   Wikipedia

  • dressing-down — N SING If someone gives you a dressing down, they speak angrily to you because you have done something bad or foolish. [INFORMAL] I gave him a good dressing down. Syn: telling off …   English dictionary

  • dressing-down — noun give sb a dressing down to talk to someone angrily because they have done something wrong: He gave the children a good dressing down …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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