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Meaning of 'dressing down'?



 
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Meaning of 'dressing down'? #1 (permalink) Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:17 am   Meaning of 'dressing down'?
 

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #174 "Dressing expressions", question 5

I've witnessed an employee screaming at her manager in a store, another worker stomping out of a restaurant, and a boss ......... an employee in a public place.

(a) dressing up
(b) dressing down
(c) dressing gown
(d) dressing room

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #174 "Dressing expressions", answer 5

I've witnessed an employee screaming at her manager in a store, another worker stomping out of a restaurant, and a boss dressing down an employee in a public place.

Correct answer: (b) dressing down

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dressing down? What does it mean?

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To dress down #2 (permalink) Mon Jun 12, 2006 14:10 pm   To dress down
 

Dressing down means speaking to (someone) angrily.

It can be used as a noun, too:

His mother gave him a dressing-down for rolling in the mud.
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