English verb: dress down
|1.||dress down (communication) censure severely or angrily|
|Samples||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.
|Examples||Sam cannot dress down Sue|
|Synonyms||bawl 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 use||Somebody ----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|
|Samples||On Fridays, employees can underdress.|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s|
|Broader (hypernym)||dress, get dressed|
|Antonyms||attire, 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|