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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.Interrupting and preventing from speaking

(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.Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
(Definition of talk sb down from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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