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Verb: dress down  dres dawn
  1. Censure severely or angrily
    "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup";
    - call on the carpet [US], take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, lecture, reprimand, jaw, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out [N. Amer], chew up [N. Amer], have words, lambaste, lambast, ream [N. Amer]
  2. Dress informally and casually
    "On Fridays, employees can dress down";
    - underdress

Derived forms: dressing down, dressed down, dresses down

Type of: criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, dress, get dressed, knock, pick apart

Antonym: dress up

Encyclopedia: Dress down