talk down
verb Date: 1844 intransitive verb to speak in a condescending or oversimplified fashion transitive verb to disparage or belittle by talking

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  • talk down — (something) to say that something is not very good or important. Bonds is doing everything possible to talk down his achievements. I love this town, and I don t like to talk things down, but there are some real problems here that need to be dealt …   New idioms dictionary

  • talk-down — «TK DOWN», noun. the act of talking down an airplane: »Poor talk down on the part of the controller, the man in the control tower, contributed to the crash of the plane (British Broadcasting Company) …   Useful english dictionary

  • talk down — verb 1. belittle through talk (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑minimize, ↑belittle, ↑denigrate, ↑derogate • Verb Frames: Somebody s something Somebody s somebody …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   English dictionary

  • talk down — 1) PHRASAL VERB To talk down someone who is flying an aircraft in an emergency means to give them instructions so that they can land safely. [V n P] The pilot began to talk him down by giving instructions over the radio. 2) PHRASAL VERB If… …   English dictionary

  • talk down — v. (d; intr.) to talk down to (to talk down to the audience) * * * [ tɔːk daʊn] (d; intr.) to talk down to (to talk down to the audience) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Talk down — Als Talk Down (angelehnt an engl. calm down sich beruhigen) bzw. Herunterreden wird die Beruhigung einer Person in drogenbedingten Angst , Wut oder Verwirrtheits Zuständen durch besänftigende Worte bezeichnet. Diese Methode, einen Bezug zur… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • talk down — verb a) To negotiate a lower price. If he offers a very high price, see if you can talk him down before you agree to anything. b) To speak condescendingly or as though the listener is inferior. She didnt like how he talked down to her as though… …   Wiktionary

  • talk down — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant: belittle, decry, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, detract, discount, disparage, downgrade, minimize, run down, slight. Idiom: make light (or… …   English dictionary for students

  • talk down — {v.} 1. To make (someone) silent by talking louder or longer. * /Sue tried to give her ideas, but the other girls talked her down./ Compare: SHOUT DOWN(2). To use words or ideas that are too easy. * /The speaker talked down to the students, and… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • talk down — {v.} 1. To make (someone) silent by talking louder or longer. * /Sue tried to give her ideas, but the other girls talked her down./ Compare: SHOUT DOWN(2). To use words or ideas that are too easy. * /The speaker talked down to the students, and… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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