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English verb: dress down

1. dress down (communication) censure severely or angrily


SamplesThe 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.


ExamplesSam cannot dress down Sue


Synonymsbawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart


Narrower (hyponym)brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate, tell off

2. dress down (body) dress informally and casually


SamplesOn Fridays, employees can underdress.


Synonymsunderdress


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)dress, get dressed


Antonymsattire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, gussy up, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up, overdress, prink, get up









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