- a severe reprimand; scolding.
Origin of dressing-down
Related Words for dressing-downreprimand, reproach, tongue-lashing, castigation, chiding, lambasting
Examples from the Web for dressing-down
Historical Examples of dressing-down
"Deeper'n the Whale-deep," said Dan, with a wink, as he set the gear for dressing-down."Captains Courageous"
That fellow I gave a dressing-down about India to up at the Pratts' there.A Crooked Mile
She must doff all gloves and give the little Doctor the dressing-down of his life.Queed
Henry Sydnor Harrison
And because he's given the priest a dressing-down, and broken an image worth a nickel, must he be shut up in a mad-house?The Quest
Frederik van Eeden
Coming out again, the grim and forbidding doctor ordered Jimmie into his car, and oh, what a dressing-down he did give him!Jimmie Higgins
- informal a severe scolding or thrashing