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talk sense

Speak rationally and coherently, as in Ranting and raving won't help; it's time we talked sense, or I wish you'd talk some sense into that son of yours. Shakespeare used this idiom in slightly different form in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2:1): “Believe it, Page, he speaks sense.”
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  • Viviette had reason on her side when she said, "Let us talk sense."

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • As he cannot talk sense, she stoops to bandy chaff and slang.

  • No more I will, darling, if you will listen to me while I talk sense.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
  • But—oh, will somebody only talk sense for a moment and bring us all to reason!

    You Never Can Tell George Bernard Shaw
  • "Mr. Tredgold has come indoors to talk sense," said Prudence, demurely.

  • "Then talk sense, doctor," and the two glared at one another.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
  • He wished Ann could get her in a corner and sit down and talk sense to her.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • “You sit down and talk sense, Lem Landis, or get out,” said Eveley.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston
  • Im going to talk sense to you, Foster, whether you get sore or not.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Already as a youth he found it difficult to talk sense to girls.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt

    L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby

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