[ verb ] censure severely or angrily


"The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car" "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister" "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" "check" is archaic

Used in print

(The New York Times...)

The better part of gallantry might be , perhaps , to honor her perennial good_looks and her gorgeous rainbow-hued gown , and to chide the orchestra for not playing in the same keys in_which she had chosen to sing .