Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A severe scolding.

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  • n. A reprimand or rarely, a thrashing.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • After the third ad break, the undercover boss gives that middle manager the dressing-down he or she so richly deserves, cash is dispensed in the direction of some of the workers right before the final commercial break -- and They All Live Happily Ever After.

    Zombies at the Lincoln Memorial!? Where are the brains?

  • If he was frowning and tight-lipped, they knew something had displeased him and that somebody was in for a nasty dressing-down.

    I’ll Walk Alone

  • How can Lindsay not see how she has destroyed a once A-list film career and with every DUI, theft conviction, trip to rehab, jail term, dressing-down by a judge AND nights out of partying, she is hammering more nails into the coffin of her former career.

    Bonnie Fuller: Don't Blame Lindsay Lohan For Her Obnoxious, Entitled Behavior, Blame Her Parents!

  • The PM apparently hauled the dissenters – Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards and one Air Chief Marshal Sir Simon Bryant – into No 10 for a severe dressing-down.@ebertchicagoHe may be the first film critic to win a Pulitzer, but when it comes to tact, Chicago Sun-Times writer Roger Ebert is rather lacking.

    Our pick of the week: The story, the stat, the quote, the tweet

  • Following his own apology and dressing-down by Liverpool last Sunday, Suárez has trained as normal this week and is expected to feature in Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield.

    Paris St-Germain inquire about availability of Liverpool's Luis Suárez

  • The two men, longtime political rivals within the ruling Socialist party, had just landed in Athens after visiting the G-20 summit in Cannes, where Mr. Papandreou got a dressing-down from European leaders.

    Greece Blinks on Euro Threat

  • AFP PHOTO The two men, longtime political rivals within the ruling Socialist party, had just landed in Athens after visiting the G-20 summit in Cannes, where Mr. Papandreou received a dressing-down from European leaders.

    Greek Leader Drops Referendum Plan

  • What kind of a world do we live in, where 18.5 million people tune in to see a reconstituted-actor-turned-reality-host like David Hasselhoff tossed from a dance competition, but only 17.3 million come to hear you give Mr. Tonioli the dressing-down he so richly deserves?

    Michael Bolton, 'Dancing' into the sunset, with fewer eyes to see him go

  • But it's worth pointing out: What sometimes passes for verbal theft in literature or theater or journalism -- crimes worthy of a revoked prize, publishing-house excommunication or an Oprah-esque dressing-down -- registers as barely a misdemeanor in the realm of comedy and comics.

    The Riff: From 'SOUTH PARK' to 'POOCH CAFE': When a sense of plagiarism plagues comedy

  • In the wake of the government's bailout of GM and Chrysler, we've had a traffic jam of books with titles like "Sixty to Zero," "Crash Course" and "The End of Detroit," subjecting U.S. auto makers to a withering dressing-down.

    The Long Road Back to Competition

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