dress down

VERB
  1. dress informally and casually
    On Fridays, employees can underdress
  2. censure severely or angrily
    The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car
    The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup
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How To Use dress down In A Sentence

  • Yet for sailors there is scope to dress down, buzz off and feel the breeze. Times, Sunday Times
  • Can you make the dress down for her young sister?
  • When I was twenty-eight, I was teaching English to freshmen in a high school where occasionally the faculty and staff were allowed to dress down.
  • She dares us to dress down, to strip ourselves of our illusions and to acknowledge that, for most of the time, we live life in a muddle and ‘that every hour contains at least a moment of bewilderment or worse’.
  • Some of those adjustments include: Dress down Fridays, telecommuting (working from home with fax and modem) job sharing, flextime hours, and parenting support groups.
  • The idea of allowing employees to dress down on the final day of the week seemed completely harmless to most observers.
  • On more than one occasion I caught senior management using our symbolic disorder to dress down young constables.
  • Can you make the dress down for her young sister?
  • Wear with a shirt for a prim and proper look or dress down with a grey T-shirt. The Sun
  • Some profes - sions, such as advertising, dress down all the time to demonstrate their creativity.
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