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Dressing down   /drˈɛsɪŋ daʊn/   Listen
Dressing down

A severe scolding.  Synonyms: bawling out, castigation, chewing out, earful, going-over, upbraiding.

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"Dressing down" Quotes from Famous Books

... out of the explosion, anyhow," King commented, with a glance at the strong profile beside him. "Besides, you may do more good than you know. Anybody who had had a good dressing down from you once wouldn't be likely to forget ...
— Red Pepper's Patients - With an Account of Anne Linton's Case in Particular • Grace S. Richmond

... destroyed by that scamp of a cow," she exclaimed in a tone bordering on despair. "I wish I'd a hit her. If I'd broken my broom over her back I wouldn't a cared so much. And it's all Mudge's fault. He's the most shiftless man I ever see. I'll give him a dressing down, ...
— Paul Prescott's Charge • Horatio Alger

... had," exclaimed the harassed subaltern. "I was unpacking my kit when a whopping big rat jumped out of this valise. I'll swear that rascal of a servant of mine knows all about it. I had to give him a dressing down yesterday for losing some of my gear. We'll have to find the animal, Wilmshurst. A rat ...
— Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force • Percy F. Westerman

Words linked to "Dressing down" :   reprimand, castigation, reprehension, rebuke, reproof, reproval

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