talk down

talk down
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "talk down":
present tense I/you/we/they talk down he/she/it talks down present participle talking down past tense talked down past participle talked down
1) talk someone down
British to talk loudly so that other people cannot hear what someone is saying
2) talk someone down
informal to speak to and calm someone who is upset or nervous, especially because they have taken an illegal drug

She talked him down, telling jokes to ease the tension.

3) talk someone/something down to use a radio to explain to someone who is flying a plane how to land it

When the pilot died, a passenger was left to be talked down by a flying instructor.

4) talk someone down
informal to persuade someone to lower the price of something talk down to:

He wanted five thousand dollars, but I talked him down to four.

5) talk someone/something down to talk about someone or something in a way that makes people think they are not as good as they really are

I don't like to hear people talking this country down.


English dictionary. 2014.

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