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dressing-down

[dres-ing-doun] /ˈdrɛs ɪŋˈdaʊn/
noun
1.
a severe reprimand; scolding.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; noun use (with -ing1) of verb phrase dress down
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  • The driver, shamed by this persuasive public dressing-down, pulls over and gets out to apologize to every driver inching by.
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dressing-down

noun
1.
(informal) a severe scolding or thrashing
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