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English definition of “talk down to sb”

talk down to sb

verb [I] uk phrasal verb with talk   /tɔːk/ us    /tɑːk/
to talk to someone as if they are less intelligent than you or not important: I wish politicians wouldn't talk down to us as if we were idiots.
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