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English definition of “talk sb down”

talk sb down

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

(PREVENT)

to speak loudly or without stopping to prevent someone else from speaking: I tried to explain, but he just talked me down.

(PERSUADE)

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.
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