Definition Of dressing-down


a severe reprimand.

the secretary received a public dressing-down

Example Of dressing-down

  • Already, however, she is conspicuous enough for a good old-fashioned British dressing-down .

  • Angela delivers a dressing-down that is fierce but remarkably subtle.

  • But a dressing-down from him was something that would be etched in anyone's memory, still fresh after 40 years.

  • But it didn't matter, he was still rude, and still going to get a dressing-down .

  • Did I deserve this dressing-down , or is someone indulging in an egotistical rant?

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