talk down



talk down

  1. (idiomatic) To negotiate a lower price.
    If he offers a very high price, see if you can talk him down before you agree to anything.
  2. (idiomatic) To speak condescendingly or as though the listener is inferior.
    She didn't like how he talked down to her as though she didn't understand.
  3. (flying) To tell an airplane passenger (who has had no flight training) step by step by two-way radio how to land the plane, e.g. if its pilot has become incapacitated while flying.
    The Cessna's pilot had a heart attack while flying, and his non-flying passenger had to be talked down by Air Traffic Control.
  4. (transitive) To convince a person to cease a drastic action or response, such as a suicide attempt or act of rage.
    • 2007, Deep Storm by Lincoln Child
      Talk him down, the rule book went. Calm him, get him secured. Easier said than done. Crane had talked down a would-be jumper standing on a support cable of the George Washington Bridge.
    • Shelby: A Great Love by CJ Raines
      And that guy that talked him down told us what happen. It's kidnapping, attempted assault.


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