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  • v. Present participle of dress down.

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  • n. a severe scolding

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  • Yep. That oughta show him!

    December 11, 2007

  • ... presumably to renew his effectiveness...

    December 11, 2007

  • From a nautical term. Worn sails were often "dressed down"--treated with oil or wax--to renew their effectiveness. The term eventually came to refer to the reprimand or scolding of an officer or sailor.

    December 11, 2007