pertaining to or being a policy that allows employees to dress less formally than usual: dress-down days during the summer.
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How to use dress-down in a sentence
Late-night talk show hosts joked that when the Reagans relaxed, they would dress down from white tie to black tie.
Politicians courting the “NObama” vote almost always dress down, to appear one with their people.
Moreover, the sight of a familiar blue hat and blue-and-white dress down the platform drew Bunny like a magnet.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High | Leslie W. Quirk
While they were talking she drew the sleeves of her dress down over her bruised wrists.The Night Riders | Ridgwell Cullum
She took the red-spotted dress down from its hook and threw it on the bed.The Staying Guest | Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for dress down
(tr) informal to reprimand severely or scold (a person)
(intr) to dress in a casual or informal manner, esp at work
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Other Idioms and Phrases with dress-down
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 noun dressing down for punishment with blows or words. For example, The teacher gave the girls a severe dressing down.
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