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    vil is offline VIP Member
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    Default give somebody a good dressing down

    Dear teachers,

    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.

    Regards,

    V.
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    Default Re: give somebody a good dressing down

    Give somebody a dressing down means '...tell off, berate, reprimand...'

    Definitely not 'thrash, give someone a good beating, clobber, paddle'.

    Rover

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