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Talk down   /tɔk daʊn/   Listen
Talk down

Belittle through talk.
Speak in a condescending manner, as if to a child.
Direct and control (the flight of an airplane during landing) via radio.

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"Talk down" Quotes from Famous Books

... old man, can create such a being as that; and I have heard visitors to this village, leisured and cultured folk, whose own creative abilities amount to no more than the arranging of some decorative art in strata of merit, talk down to the old fellow who can think out a vessel like that after supper, and go out after breakfast to direct the laying of her keel—talk down to him, kindly enough, of course, and smilingly, as a ...
— Old Junk • H. M. Tomlinson

... Halkett said, pausing, 'and I know you would not talk down to me, but the use of imagery makes me feel that I am ...
— The Shaving of Shagpat • George Meredith

... you build too much upon that, Mistress Croale," said Mr. Sclater, glad to follow the talk down another turning, but considerably more afraid of rousing the woman ...
— Sir Gibbie • George MacDonald

... you bold, bad boy. Don't you see it is of business that you and I talk down here; and it is of business that ozzer people up ...
— The Story of a Mine • Bret Harte

Words linked to "Talk down" :   denigrate, derogate, direct, speak, minimize, belittle, talk

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