Definition of Dress down

1. Verb. Censure severely or angrily. "Sam cannot dress down Sue "; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"

2. Verb. Dress informally and casually. "On Fridays, employees can underdress"
Exact synonyms: Underdress
Generic synonyms: Dress, Get Dressed
Antonyms: Dress Up, Overdress

Definition of Dress down

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To scold ¹

2. Verb. To wear casual or informal clothes ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dress Down

drepanocytic anemia
dress-down Friday
dress-up party
dress blues
dress circle
dress coat
dress coats
dress code
dress codes
dress down (current term)
dress form
dress hanger
dress hat
dress out
dress rack
dress rehearsal
dress rehearsals
dress shield
dress shields
dress ship
dress shirt
dress shop
dress suit

Literary usage of Dress down

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A French-English Military Technical Dictionary by Cornélis De Witt Willcox (1899)
"MT. va, to draw (win>) down. wir. v. a , to rough-hew, rough down, dress down roughly (of materials); to reduce approximately to shape, trim down; down; ..."

2. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1920)
"To properly dress down a ring requires some skill, and a good mechanic will select a ring which will demand the least amount »f trimming, ..."

3. Employment Training: Successful Projects Share Common Strategy by Sigurd R. Nilsen (1995)
"Another example of getting clients to think about consequences at STRIVE is through dress-down day. STRIVE has a dress-down day to simulate such situations ..."

4. Carpentry and Woodwork by Edwin W. Foster (1911)
"Set these brads slightly low the surface, and dress down smooth. When tested and found true, lift the blade by serting a knife blade under it, again fasten ..."

5. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1890)
"Bird throws a gold and silver dress down to her, and slippers embroidered with silk and silver. These she dons, and goes to ball. ..."

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