- The definition of a dressing down is a severe scolding or reprimand.
An example of a dressing down is when your teacher calls you in front of the class and gives a long lecture to you on why your homework is never done.
A boy recieves a thorough dressing-down from his mother.
dressing-down definition by Webster's New World
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a sound scolding
dressing-down definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A severe scolding.