Definition of dressing-down in US English:

dressing-down

noun

informal
  • A severe reprimand.

    ‘the secretary received a public dressing-down’
    • ‘He endured regular dressing-downs in front of embarrassed team-mates.’
    • ‘I was forced to endure this schoolmaster's dressing-down despite being innocent of any of the alleged conduct.’
    • ‘But a dressing-down from him was something that would be etched in anyone's memory, still fresh after 40 years.’
    • ‘He got us together at the hotel and gave us a right dressing-down.’
    • ‘Did I deserve this dressing-down, or is someone indulging in an egotistical rant?’
    • ‘He was right to give him a dressing-down.’
    • ‘He is the minister who was subjected to a public dressing-down not long ago regarding the conduct of economic policy.’
    • ‘Yesterday, I asked my man-servant to bring forth the telephone-device, so that I could give my idiot spendthrift son a stern dressing-down.’
    • ‘I fully understand that most of you read this from work, and that an extra five minutes of reading time may make the difference between continued employment and a stern dressing-down from the chief.’
    • ‘While one player may be invigorated by a brisk dressing-down, another may be demoralised and unwilling to give his best for a boss who doesn't seem to appreciate his talents.’
    • ‘But it didn't matter, he was still rude, and still going to get a dressing-down.’
    • ‘He then gave his teammate a severe dressing-down.’
    • ‘However, Landry was laid-back about the public dressing-down.’
    • ‘Had it been reversed, I would have been dragged into his office and given a dressing-down; I cannot do that.’
    • ‘Reports suggest he has had occasion to shed the gentlemanly demeanour and give miscreants a good dressing-down.’
    • ‘Angela delivers a dressing-down that is fierce but remarkably subtle.’
    • ‘Already, however, she is conspicuous enough for a good old-fashioned British dressing-down.’
    • ‘Lining up for his annual dressing-down at the hands of disgruntled shareholders, he assured the faithful last week that ‘several investment possibilities’ had been investigated, but none had been deemed appropriate.’
    • ‘Young medical staff who bare their midriffs got a dressing-down yesterday.’
    • ‘Once they'd been on the wrong end of a dressing-down in front of the other players they didn't ever want it to happen again.’
    reprimand, rebuke, reproof, remonstrance, reproach, admonishment, stricture, lecture, criticism, recrimination, tirade, diatribe, philippic, harangue, attack
    View synonyms

Pronunciation

dressing-down

/ˈˌdresiNG ˈdoun//ˈˌdrɛsɪŋ ˈdaʊn/