talk down

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talk down (third-person singular simple present talks down, present participle talking down, simple past and past participle talked down)

  1. (transitive, 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. (transitive, aviation) Of ground control: to verbally assist someone to land an aircraft.
    • 1960 Feb, “Business with FAA”, in 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, 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:
      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, Thomas Block, Mayday, →ISBN:
      In other words, if you talk him down and he crashes, you're worse off than if you hadn't tried.
  3. (transitive) To convince a person to cease a drastic action or response, such as a suicide attempt or act of rage.
    • 2007, Lincoln Child, Deep Storm[1]:
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote?), CJ Raines, Shelby: A Great Love[2]:
      And that guy that talked him down told us what happen[sic]. It's kidnapping, attempted assault.
  4. (transitive) To overcome by spoken argument.


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