dress down

dress down
1) PHRASAL VERB If you dress down, you wear clothes that are less smart than usual.

[V P] She dresses down in dark glasses and baggy clothes to avoid hordes of admirers.

2) PHRASAL VERB If you dress someone down, you speak angrily to them because they have done something bad or foolish.
See also dressing-down

[V n P] Campbell dressed them down in public. [Also V P n (not pron)]

Syn:

English dictionary. 2008.

См. также в других словарях:

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  • dress down — verb 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, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • dress down — phrasal verb Word forms dress down : present tense I/you/we/they dress down he/she/it dresses down present participle dressing down past tense dressed down past participle dressed down 1) [intransitive] to wear clothes that are more informal than …   English dictionary

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  • dress-down — /ˈdrɛs daʊn/ (say dres down) adjective of or relating to a work day, event, etc., for which one dresses casually: dress down Friday. {derived from phrasal verb dress down. (See dress def. 18b) …   Australian English dictionary

  • dress down — UK US dress down Phrasal Verb with dress({{}}/dres/ verb ► WORKPLACE to wear more informal clothes to work than you usually do: »Staff have been told that they can dress down on Fridays …   Financial and business terms


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