dressing down

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Noun1.dressing down - a severe scoldingdressing down - a severe scolding      
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
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This man shall have a leg up, and this man shall have a dressing down! Creeping vermin, I know you!
A big boy made me do it Martin Canning pulled off the perfect impression of a naughty schoolboy getting a dressing down from the headmaster as he faced Hamilton owner Ronnie McDonald and chairman Les Gray after the derby defeat.
A source said: "Simon called the contestants to his office to give them a dressing down. He hasn't been very impressed with the sing-offs and feels there isn't any excuse for people performing badly."
Summary: A South Korean pop star is in for a dressing down after he was accused of not taking his military duties seriously.
It seems that "dressing down" requires a lot more effort than meets the eye with a staggering 43 percent spending more time on hair, makeup and grooming on a Friday compared to any other day of the working week, with 24 percent choosing the day to experiment with their look.
WOMEN of a certain age turned out in force to give Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland a dressing down at the annual meeting yesterday.
STAFF have raised pounds 10,000 by dressing down for the day.
We at World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) are calling for local schools and companies to get involved by joining our Dressing Down in Yellow Day!
Journalist Frances Donovan, who has read news bulletins for BBC Wales and Sky News, says she is "slightly uncomfortable" with newsreaders "dressing down".
Durham was left with an even redder face after receiving a public dressing down from the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Staff at the Austin's bar and bistro in Durham County Cricket Club's ground in Chester-le-Street will be dressing down next Tuesday in the name of charity - and some of the men will also be having their legs waxed.
On the one hand, dressing down, according to an employment website called www.i-resign.com, "injects a breath of fresh air where employees can have a sense of individualism in the stuffy corporate world, it gives workers the choice to co-ordinate their clothes to match their lifestyles".