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English definition of “talk sth down”

talk sth down

phrasal verb with talk     /tɔːk/ US  /tɑːk/ verb [I]
to talk about something in a way that makes it seem less important or less serious than it really is: He began his lecture by talking down the initiatives of a rival company.Treating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoringNot paying attentionExaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
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