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2 definitions found
 for dress down
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dress down
      v 1: censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child
           for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the
           Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for
           bringing cold soup" [syn: call on the carpet, take to
           task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture,
           reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold,
           chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out,
           chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]
      2: dress informally and casually; "On Fridays, employees can
         underdress" [syn: dress down, underdress] [ant: attire,
         deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out,
         fig up, get up, gussy up, overdress, prink, rig
         out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "dress down":
     call down, come down on, flax, give a dressing-down, give it to,
     hide, jump all over, jump on, larrup, lather, leather, lick,
     paddle, speak to, talk to, tan, tell off, trim, wallop, welt,
     whale
  
  

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