Meaning of “talk sb down” in the English Dictionary

"talk sb down" in British English

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talk sb down

phrasal verb with talk uk /tɔːk/ us /tɑːk/ verb [ I ]


UK to speak loudly or without stopping to prevent someone else from speaking:

I tried to explain, but he just talked me down.

mainly US to persuade someone that he or she is wrong or should not act:

Just as soon as the President voiced his dissent, his advisors talked him down.


to persuade someone who is threatening to kill himself or herself not to jump from a high place:

The policeman talked the girl down after she had been on the roof for two hours.

(Definition of “talk sb down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)