Definition of dress someone down in English:

dress someone down

phrasal verb

informal
  • Reprimand someone.

    ‘the president dressed down the media at the news conference’
    • ‘Where is the statement dressing her down, or better still sacking her?’
    • ‘She dressed me down and I got an especially mean writing exercise.’
    • ‘Phillip is dressed down by his mother for thinking being smart is the same thing as being wise.’
    • ‘The head cop dressed me down like a drill sergeant.’
    • ‘His behaviour is said to have included regularly dressing down officers in front of other staff and ordering them to do menial tasks when they were tired.’
    • ‘My son-in-law completely dressed me down, said I must apologise and threw a glass of water in my face.’
    • ‘Or the teacher who accosted his student backstage after her full recital, dressing her down in front of her peers for all her musical failures.’
    • ‘He played head games with Cujo, pulling him out of games, dressing him down in front of teammates.’
    • ‘While the premier was dressing down his rebellious MPs, the former Prime Minister urged us not to put all our eggs in the same basket.’
    • ‘He sounded like the school headmaster quietly but firmly dressing down a truant pupil.’
    reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, lecture, criticize, censure
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