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English definition of “talk sb down”

talk sb down

(PERSUADE) phrasal verb with talk     /tɔːk/ US  /tɑːk/ verb [I]
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 (PERSUADE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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