dressing-down

[ dres-ing-doun ]
/ ˈdrɛs ɪŋˈdaʊn /

noun

a severe reprimand; scolding.

Origin of dressing-down

1860–65, Americanism; noun use (with -ing1) of verb phrase dress down
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dressing-down

noun

informal a severe scolding or thrashing

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