dressing-down

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dressing-down (plural dressing-downs)

  1. (idiomatic) A reprimand or rarely, a thrashing.
    • "I'll give him a dressing down, see if I don't." Mrs. Mudge's eyes snapped viciously, and she clutched the relics of the broom with a degree of energy which rendered it uncertain what sort of a dressing down she intended for her husband.Horatio Alger, Jr., "Paul Prescott's Charge", 1865
    • When the blacksmith saw what Babo had done to his mother, he caught him by the collar, and fell to giving him such a dressing down as never man had before.Howard Pyle, "Twilight Land", 1894
    • "We must all bow to you, and try to get a favorable word, must we? This man shall have a leg up, and this man shall have a dressing down!"A. Conan Doyle, "The Lost World", 1912

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