dress someone down

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

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • dress someone down — dress (someone) down to tell someone angrily what they have done wrong. She dressed him down in front of a large group of his co workers. He dresses down players on their performance in the games …   New idioms dictionary

  • dress someone down — informal reprimand someone. → dress …   English new terms dictionary

  • dress someone down — (informal).See reprimand verb. → dress * * * informal reprimand someone …   Useful english dictionary

  • dress down — dress (someone) down to tell someone angrily what they have done wrong. She dressed him down in front of a large group of his co workers. He dresses down players on their performance in the games …   New idioms dictionary

  • dress — 1 /dres/ noun 1 (C) a piece of clothing worn by a woman or girl that covers her body from her shoulder to somewhere on her leg: Sheila wore a long red dress. compare skirt 1 (1) 2 (U) the way someone dresses: His dress is always very formal. 3… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dress down — verb 1. 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 • Syn: ↑call on the carpet, ↑take to task, ↑rebuke, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • dress — dress1 [ dres ] verb *** 1. ) intransitive to put on clothes. This verb is common in writing, but when you are speaking it is more usual to say that you get dressed: It only took her ten minutes to shower and dress. a ) transitive to put clothes… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dress — verb 1》 put on one s clothes.     ↘put clothes on (someone).     ↘wear clothes in a particular way or of a particular type: she dresses well.     ↘put on clothes appropriate for a formal occasion.     ↘(dress up) dress in smart clothes or in a… …   English new terms dictionary

  • dress down — phrasal verb Word forms dress down : present tense I/you/we/they dress down he/she/it dresses down present participle dressing down past tense dressed down past participle dressed down 1) [intransitive] to wear clothes that are more informal than …   English dictionary

  • dress down — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you dress down, you wear clothes that are less smart than usual. [V P] She dresses down in dark glasses and baggy clothes to avoid hordes of admirers. 2) PHRASAL VERB If you dress someone down, you speak angrily to them because …   English dictionary


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