Definition of dressing-down in US English:



  • 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
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