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dress-down

[dres-doun] /ˈdrɛsˌdaʊn/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or being a policy that allows employees to dress less formally than usual:
dress-down days during the summer.

dress

[dres] /drɛs/
noun
1.
an outer garment for women and girls, consisting of bodice and skirt in one piece.
2.
clothing; apparel; garb:
The dress of the 18th century was colorful.
3.
formal attire.
4.
a particular form of appearance; guise.
5.
outer covering, as the plumage of birds.
adjective
6.
of or for a dress or dresses.
7.
of or for a formal occasion.
8.
requiring formal dress.
verb (used with object), dressed or drest, dressing.
9.
to put clothing upon.
10.
to put formal or evening clothes on.
11.
to trim; ornament; adorn:
to dress a store window; to dress a Christmas tree.
12.
to design clothing for or sell clothes to.
13.
to comb out and do up (hair).
14.
to cut up, trim, and remove the skin, feathers, viscera, etc., from (an animal, meat, fowl, or flesh of a fowl) for market or for cooking (often followed by out when referring to a large animal):
We dressed three chickens for the dinner. He dressed out the deer when he got back to camp.
15.
to prepare (skins, fabrics, timber, stone, ore, etc.) by special processes.
16.
to apply medication or a dressing to (a wound or sore).
17.
to make straight; bring (troops) into line:
to dress ranks.
18.
to make (stone, wood, or other building material) smooth.
19.
to cultivate (land, fields, etc.).
20.
Theater. to arrange (a stage) by effective placement of properties, scenery, actors, etc.
21.
to ornament (a vessel) with ensigns, house flags, code flags, etc.:
The bark was dressed with masthead flags only.
22.
Angling.
  1. to prepare or bait (a fishhook) for use.
  2. to prepare (bait, especially an artificial fly) for use.
23.
Printing. to fit (furniture) around and between pages in a chase prior to locking it up.
24.
to supply with accessories, optional features, etc.:
to have one's new car fully dressed.
verb (used without object), dressed or drest, dressing.
25.
to clothe or attire oneself; put on one's clothes:
Wake up and dress, now!
26.
to put on or wear formal or fancy clothes:
to dress for dinner.
27.
to come into line, as troops.
28.
to align oneself with the next soldier, marcher, dancer, etc., in line.
Verb phrases
29.
dress down,
  1. to reprimand; scold.
  2. to thrash; beat.
  3. to dress informally or less formally:
    to dress down for the shipboard luau.
30.
dress up,
  1. to put on one's best or fanciest clothing; dress relatively formally:
    They were dressed up for the Easter parade.
  2. to dress in costume or in another person's clothes:
    to dress up in Victorian clothing; to dress up as Marie Antoinette.
  3. to embellish or disguise, especially in order to make more appealing or acceptable:
    to dress up the facts with colorful details.
Idioms
31.
dress ship,
  1. to decorate a ship by hoisting lines of flags running its full length.
  2. U.S. Navy. to display the national ensigns at each masthead and a larger ensign on the flagstaff.
Origin of dress
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English dressen < Anglo-French dresser, dresc(i)er, to arrange, prepare, Old French drecier < Vulgar Latin *dīrēctiāre, derivative of Latin dīrēctus direct; noun use of v. in sense “attire” from circa 1600
Related forms
half-dressed, adjective
outdress, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. frock. 2. raiment, attire, clothes, habit, garments, vestments, habiliments. 9. clothe, robe, garb.
Synonym Study
1.Dress, costume, gown refer to garments for women. Dress is the general term for a garment: a black dress. Costume is used of the style of dress appropriate to some occasion, purpose, period, or character, especially as used on the stage, at balls, at court, or the like, and may apply to men's garments as well: an 18th-century costume. Gown is usually applied to a dress more expensive and elegant than the ordinary, usually long, to be worn on a special occasion: a wedding gown.
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Examples from the Web for dress down
Historical Examples
  • She slipped her dress down off her shoulders and let him touch her bare flesh.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • She stopped presently, and drew the lace night dress down a bit.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • I dunno how much they dress down there where Mis' Field lives.

    Jane Field Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • She pulled her dress down and revealed a cicatrice on a shape that would have made a model for a sculptor.

    Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Set these brads slightly below the surface, and dress down smooth.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster
  • dress down the remaining rough face to or near both gauge lines just drawn, and test with straight edge, as in the working face.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster
  • dress down the edge, making it square with the working face, and testing its whole length with the try square.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster
  • This question having been decided, take the glued-up top from clamps and dress down to size.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster
  • They even used the cook as pitcher, and turned Harvey into the hold to pass salt, while Dan helped to dress down.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • While they were talking she drew the sleeves of her dress down over her bruised wrists.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for dress down

dress down

verb (adverb)
1.
(transitive) (informal) to reprimand severely or scold (a person)
2.
(intransitive) to dress in a casual or informal manner, esp at work

dress

/drɛs/
verb
1.
to put clothes on (oneself or another); attire
2.
(intransitive)
  1. to change one's clothes
  2. to wear formal or evening clothes
3.
(transitive) to provide (someone) with clothing; clothe
4.
(transitive) to arrange merchandise in (a shop window) for effective display
5.
(transitive) to comb out or arrange (the hair) into position
6.
(transitive) to apply protective or therapeutic covering to (a wound, sore, etc)
7.
(transitive) to prepare (food, esp fowl and fish) for cooking or serving by cleaning, trimming, gutting, etc
8.
(transitive) to put a finish on (the surface of stone, metal, etc)
9.
(transitive) to till and cultivate (land), esp by applying manure, compost, or fertilizer
10.
(transitive) to prune and trim (trees, bushes, etc)
11.
(transitive) to groom (an animal, esp a horse)
12.
(transitive) to convert (tanned hides) into leather
13.
(transitive) (archaic) to spay or neuter (an animal)
14.
(angling) to tie (a fly)
15.
(military) to bring (troops) into line or (of troops) to come into line (esp in the phrase dress ranks)
16.
(nautical) dress ship, to decorate a vessel by displaying all signal flags on lines run from the bow to the stern over the mast trucks
noun
17.
a one-piece garment for a woman, consisting of a skirt and bodice
18.
complete style of clothing; costume: formal dress, military dress
19.
(modifier) suitable or required for a formal occasion: a dress shirt
20.
the outer covering or appearance, esp of living things: trees in their spring dress of leaves
See also dress down, dress up
Word Origin
C14: from Old French drecier, ultimately from Latin dīrigere to direct
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Word Origin and History for dress down

dress

v.

early 14c., "make straight; direct, guide, control, prepare for cooking," from Old French dresser, drecier "raise (oneself), address, prepare, lift, raise, hoist, set up, arrange, set (a table), serve (food), straighten, put right, direct," from Vulgar Latin *directiare, from Latin directus "direct, straight" (see direct (v.)).

Sense of "decorate, adorn" is late 14c., as is that of "put on clothing." Original sense survives in military meaning "align columns of troops." Dress up "attire elaborately" is from 1670s; dressing down "wearing clothes less formal than expected" is from 1960. To dress (someone) down (1769) is ironical. Related: Dressed; dressing.

dress

n.

c.1600, originally any clothing, especially that appropriate to rank or to some ceremony; sense of "woman's garment" is first recorded 1630s, with overtones of "made not merely to clothe but to adorn." Dress rehearsal first recorded 1828.

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dress down in Medicine

dress (drěs)
v. dressed, dress·ing, dress·es
To apply medication, bandages, or other therapeutic materials to an area of the body such as a wound.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dress down

dress down

verb phrase

  1. To reprimand; rebuke; chew out (1715+)
  2. To dress less formally or arrestingly than one might: Casual Fridays raise new fashion issues. How much should you dress down? (1960+)

dress

Related Terms

granny dress

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Idioms and Phrases with dress down

dress down

1.
Scold, reprimand, as in The sergeant will dress down the entire unit. In the 15th century the verb dress alone was used in the sense of “punish,” down being added several centuries later. It also gave rise to the noundressing down for punishment with blows or words. For example, The teacher gave the girls a severe dressing down.
2.
Wear informal clothes, as in It's best to dress down for a party like a barbecue. [ Mid-1900s ]
For the antonym, see dress up
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