talk down

talked down; talking down; talks down

Definition of talk down

intransitive verb

: to speak in a condescending or oversimplified fashion

transitive verb

: to disparage or belittle by talking

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Examples of talk down in a Sentence

a company that prefers to talk up its own products rather than talk down those of its competitors

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During the Bush and Obama administrations, Israel was repeatedly talked down from attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. David E. Sanger,, "In faceoff with Iran, escalation may depend on who prevails inside Washington and Tehran," 15 June 2019 The comment was interpreted as an effort to talk down the dollar, which would breach the international nonaggression pact on currency rates. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Draghi, Chief of Europe’s Central Bank, Chides Mnuchin Over Dollar Comments," 24 Jan. 2018 Saudi Arabia excels at talking up and talking down the oil market. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump thanks Saudi Arabia for low oil prices after letting it off the hook for Khashoggi murder," 21 Nov. 2018 The players actively talked down their chances in a bid to project an air of humility. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The World Cup’s Biggest Upset: England Wins on Penalties," 3 July 2018 Winfrey, a cultural icon, has talked down the possibility since, but some Democrats continue to stoke the idea of having a global celebrity of their own as a foil to Trump, the former reality TV star and media mogul turned Republican president. John Wagner,, "Oprah Winfrey says a 2020 presidential run 'would kill me'," 3 July 2018 What a big man talking down to couple of women and a helpless employee. Christopher Brito, CBS News, ""It's America": Video of man's racist tirade at NYC restaurant goes viral," 17 May 2018 The suicidal male eventually was talked down from the ledge of the bridge, the Detroit Free Press reports. Cliff Pinckard,, "Trucks form line under Michigan overpass to prevent suicide," 25 Apr. 2018 Croatia and Sweden have both defied expectations, while England has repeatedly talked down its chances but now has an expectant nation back home believing its time has come again under head coach Gareth Southgate. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The chances a long-suffering nation wins the World Cup is greater than normal," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of talk down

1844, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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