talk down

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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.