talk down


verb (adverb)

(intr often foll by to) to behave (towards) in a superior or haughty manner
(tr) to override (a person or argument) by continuous or loud talking
(tr) to give instructions to (an aircraft) by radio to enable it to land

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Idioms and Phrases with talk down

talk down

1

Belittle, depreciate, as in They talked down the importance of the move.

2

Silence someone by speaking loudly and persistently, as in They talked down whatever objections she brought up. [Early 1800s]

3

Help an aircraft to land by giving directions via radio, as in The fog was so thick the control tower had to talk us down. [c. 1940]

4

See talk down to.

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