dress down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dress down dress informally and casually "On Fridays, employees can underdress"
    • v dress down censure severely or angrily "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car","The deputy ragged the Prime Minister","The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
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Idioms

Dress someone down - If you dress someone down, you scold them.
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Usage

In literature:

Madge came down the next morning dressed for her journey.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
I'll come home and lie down before I have to dress for dinner.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
Madge came down the next morning dressed for her journey.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
A man comes here early evvy mornin' and dresses dis yard down wid conjuration.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Mrs. Chapman was in her best dress, with a profusion of ribbons streaming down her back, and a puffy cap on her head.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
But he dressed, and made his way down stairs, not knowing where he should find his host or his host's mother.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
To our surprise a neatly dressed woman came tripping down the declivity, bringing a basket.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
She was taken up, dressed in her prettiest frock and led down the narrow stairway.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
By-and-by the boys slipped to their rooms, removed their uniforms, dressed and crept down-stairs like burglars and went in to dinner.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
When my husband was courtin' me, my dress was down to my shoe top.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

I pump the market up and down
By rigging stock reports,
And get my pickings on the side
From dress goods ads, and sports.
"Alf’s Eleventh Bit" by Ezra Pound
The songs they still are singing
Who dress the hills of vine,
The tales that haunt the Brocken
And whisper down the Rhine.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Ye virgins dressed in satin hoops,
Ye martyrs slain for mortal weal,
Look kindly down! before you stoops
The miserablest man in Lille.
"Titmarsh’s Carmen Lilliense" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And ever when your silent thoughts
Have on this subject been intent,
Set down as nearly as you can
How long on dress your thoughts were bent.
"Time Spent In Dress" by Charles Lamb
And so he lay and planned; and early dressed him,
And ran with all his might
Down to the river, where he filled his pockets
With pebbles small and white.
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
I went down death's lonely stair;
Laid my garments in the tomb;
Dressed again one morning fair;
Hastened up, and hied me home—
Saith the elder brother.
"Going To Sleep" by George MacDonald

In news:

At some fashion shows, clothes come down the runway that make you ashamed to be dressed at all.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An Alabama football fan got a dressing-down and two years in prison for obscenity in a viral video with an unconscious LSU fan after last year's championship game.
An Alabama football fan got a dressing-down and two years in prison for obscenity in a viral video with an unconscious LSU fan after last year's championship game.
That's because both are dressed up as Japanese animation characters – right down to the seemingly less-than-sane details.
Getting a dressing -down over Thanksgiving dressing .
Naturally, I wrote down everything he said, because it's a well-known fact that Hylbert is one of the best-dressed in the office.
They didn't smile, these seven Black Emperors dressed down to reflect their moniker and back lit by projections of heavy machinery trudging through human debris, a scraggly "H-O-P-E" struggling through TV snow.
Equestrian beauty Jayne Higgins is aiming for Best Dressed prize at next month's Down Royal Festival.
Dressing Up To Get Down .
Bad mistake, first dress we slip on rips all the way down the back.
Ke$ha dresses down on 2012 American Music Awards red carpet.
At the mayor's Q and A today, he was asked about his dressing-down of our Newsday colleague (and weblebrity) Michael Frazier.
Aretha Franklin was at the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors earlier this week when the top of her dress fell down to her waist.
Sparked by Taylor Swift's new mature look, the red hot lip is taking off, both with dressing up AND down.
Don't you just love when you are walking down Pacific Avenue and see?some smartly dressed person, who just "works" their amazing outfit.
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In science:

Hence, for these modes, thermal corrections are truly perturbative (down by a factor of g ), and it should be sufficient to dress the zero modes.
On Effective Field Theories at Finite Temperature
K |sK 0i + where Z is the renormalization constant for the bare constituent quark and |aα |2 are the probabilities to find GS bosons in the dressed constituent quark states |U i for an up quark and |Di for a down quark.
Effect of Asymmetric Strange-Antistrange Sea to the NuTeV Anomaly
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