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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRESS DOWN

She slipped her dress down off her shoulders and let him touch her bare flesh.

She stopped presently, and drew the lace night dress down a bit.

I dunno how much they dress down there where Mis' Field lives.

She pulled her dress down and revealed a cicatrice on a shape that would have made a model for a sculptor.

Set these brads slightly below the surface, and dress down smooth.

Dress down the remaining rough face to or near both gauge lines just drawn, and test with straight edge, as in the working face.

Dress down the edge, making it square with the working face, and testing its whole length with the try square.

This question having been decided, take the glued-up top from clamps and dress down to size.

They even used the cook as pitcher, and turned Harvey into the hold to pass salt, while Dan helped to dress down.

While they were talking she drew the sleeves of her dress down over her bruised wrists.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "make straight; direct, guide, control, prepare for cooking," from Old French dresser, drecier "raise (oneself), address, prepare, lift, raise, hoist, set up, arrange, set (a table), serve (food), straighten, put right, direct," from Vulgar Latin *directiare, from Latin directus "direct, straight" (see direct (v.)).

Sense of "decorate, adorn" is late 14c., as is that of "put on clothing." Original sense survives in military meaning "align columns of troops." Dress up "attire elaborately" is from 1670s; dressing down "wearing clothes less formal than expected" is from 1960. To dress (someone) down (1769) is ironical. Related: Dressed; dressing.

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