talk (some) sense into/to

idiom

informal
: to cause (someone) to stop thinking or behaving foolishly
I couldn't talk sense to him.
He talked (some) sense into her and she promised to get rid of that dangerous car.

Examples of talk (some) sense into/to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web John tries to talk sense into the buyer, but his mom uses a more physical approach to get the point across. Nasha Smith, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2024 This long-suffering mother of the bride had tried her very best to talk sense into her daughter. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2023 His promoters tried to talk some sense into him, but the pug insisted on blazing this path. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2023 The You star, 36, pulled double duty in his latest TikTok, attempting to talk some sense into his cunning serial killer character from the Netflix series after the first part of season 4 premiered this week on the streaming platform. Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2023 McQuaide then spoke to 49ers LT Trent Williams with McQuaide hoping Williams might talk some sense into Samuel and the others. Dallas News, 23 Jan. 2023 Or worse, what if that someone gets out of their vehicle and tries to talk some sense into the drifters and the innocent person ends up getting hurt or killed, like the 10-year-old girl who died earlier this year after a 16-year-old was drifting in front of officers and lost control of the vehicle. Jasmin Barmore, Detroit Free Press, 6 Dec. 2022 What Leo doesn’t know is that Spike is on his way to talk some sense into him. Olivia Truffaut-Wong, refinery29.com, 30 Mar. 2021 Try to determine whether reaching out for help would talk sense into the other person or merely escalate the drama to another level. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 27 May 2023

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