Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
He was very rude and so I gave him a good dressing down.
give somebody dressing down = tell off, rate, thrash, give someone a good beating, clobber, paddle(??)
Thank you for your efforts.
Last edited by vil; 02-Sep-2010 at 11:02.
Give somebody a dressing down means '...tell off, berate, reprimand...'
Definitely not 'thrash, give someone a good beating, clobber, paddle'.