dressing down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dressing down a severe scolding
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Idioms

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

In literature:

At the moment Prudence was taking down her own starched, blue house dress from the line.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
This they allowed, and sent down to the beach the remainder of the victuals that had been dressed, to be carried with us to the ships.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
Then rushing into the adjoining room, she tore off her ornaments and dress, pulled down her hair, her cheeks burning, her eyes hot and dry.
"Elsie's New Relations" by Martha Finley
So instead of dressing, I thought I'd walk down from home.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
And far beyond, down the corridor, was somebody in a blue dress and no cap.
"Love Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Then I changed my dress, and came down.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
They went straight to the green room to dress for dinner, and Joyce and I locked arms again, and strolled down to the gate.
"The Little Colonel's House Party" by Annie Fellows Johnston
I have to dress and go down to the House.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
As soon as I had changed my dress we went down to dinner.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Lottie, dressed for the eventful evening, was left alone for a moment before the three went down.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, October, 1877, Vol. XX. No. 118" by Various
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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
A hundred years ere he to manhood came,
Song from celestial heights had wandered down,
Put off her robe of sunlight, dew and flame,
And donned a modish dress to charm the Town.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
(In a low tone.) Slip down, my Lilia; lie at full length
In the bottom of the boat; your dress is white,
And would return the torches' glare. I fear
The damp night-air will hurt you, dressed like this.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Are the cares of your housekeeping quite overwhelming?
Are the children unruly, and servants a bore?
But they sit dressed for callers; and down in the kitchen
Sits placid old Dinah with eyes on the floor.
"The Baby-House Famine" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Because I have touched with my fingers a dress
That was Beauty’s; because that the breath of thy mouth
Is sweetness that lingers; because of each tress
Showered down on thy shoulders; because of the drouth
"Cui Bono?" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Dressing Down And Blimping Up.
From dressed-down Fairbanksan to DC hottie.
When Kim Kardashian dresses down, she really likes to keep her outfit to a bare minimum.
Mom dresses like 12 year old to bring down alleged online predator.
Saturday's rainy weather didn't stop these athletes from dressing down to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Michelle Windmoeller dances her way down Elm Street in a purple dress and blonde wig during DanceWalk COMO on Friday.
This adorable skirt can be dressed up or down.
History was being made right before our eyes when the public face of the Los Angeles civic establishment was dressed down by a pipsqueak like City Council President Herb Wesson.
Between the red lines, the deadlines, the diplomacy and the dress downs, the vaunted cooperation between Israel and the United States on whether and when to strike Iran seems to be in a free fall.
Menswear Is Turning 'Dress Casual ' Upside Down.
As usual, the 30-year-old Minnesota Vikings punter is dressed down: a pair of brown flip-flops.
A, your company, school or organization registers with the United Way of Southern West Virginia and b, you pay the small fee that entitles you to dress down Oct 15-19.
I walked down Queens Quay Thursday and saw many women dressed in the overtly sexual way that is fashionable right now: sleek, body-hugging, revealing and confident.
Dress up and get down.
Two of the hospital's three-man window washing team dressed up like Spider-Man, and then rappelled down the side of the building, lifting childrens' spirits while cleaning windows.
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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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