talk down



talk down ‎(third-person singular simple present talks down, present participle talking down, simple past and past participle talked 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. (Should we delete(+) this sense?) (flying) (Of ground control) to verbally assist someone to land an aircraft.
    • 1960 Feb, “Business with FAA”, Flying Magazine, page 109: 
      GET TALKED DOWN: When a pilot gets caught in weather, he may call the nearest tower for Ground Controlled Approach landing assistance, wherever the airport has GCA radar.
    • 2000, Larry King, Anything Goes!: What I've Learned from Pundits, Politicians, and Presidents, ISBN 0759520356, page 139:
      He got out, looked at me, and said, “I feel like Doris Day in Julie when she was talked down by air traffic control and landed the airplane.”[.]
    • 2008, Winston Fletcher, Powers of Persuasion: The Inside Story of British Advertising 1951-2000, ISBN 0191647594:
      Its Spielberg-inspired first commercial, in which Manhattan Island floated loftily through the sky and was talked down by air traffic control at Heathrow[.]
    • 2008, Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block, Mayday, ISBN 0748109455:
      In other words, if you talk him down and he crashes, you're worse off than if you hadn't tried.
    The pilot had a heart attack while flying and a passenger had to be talked down by Air Traffic Control.
  3. (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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