1. phrasal verb To talk down someone who is flying an aircraft in an emergency means to give them instructions so that they can land safely. [V n P] ⇒ The pilot began to talk him down by giving instructions over the radio. 2. phrasal verb If someone talks down a particular thing, they make it less interesting, valuable, or likely than it originally seemed. [V P n] ⇒ They even blame the government for talking down the nation's fourth-biggest industry. [V n P] ⇒ Businessmen are tired of politicians talking the economy down. 3. phrasal verb → talk To talk someone down in negotiations means to persuade them to accept less money than they originally asked for. [mainly British] [V n P] ⇒ We talked them down and struck a deal. [V n P amount] ⇒ When he makes you an offer, you send me in and I'll talk him down another thousand. [V P n (not pron)] ⇒ This leaves the Prime Minister, like his predecessors, earnestly trying to talk down wages.
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