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dress down

[Gul. idem (Writers' Program 1940:16); cf. interchangeability of particles in other Eng. v. phr., e.g. slow up/down, burn up/down] v. phr. to put on one's very good clothes; to dress up: 1918 Dick and Harry they went home and dress down, but Jack been in his dirty cloth (Parsons 149), There goes Miss Mable dressed down in all her finery (COB). (Gen.)

Tags: clothing, verb phrase

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Last update: 2011-02-20 16:19
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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