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talk out of

Meaning: If you talk someone out of something, you persuade them not to do it.

For example:

  • talk sb out of sth My uncle is a drug addict, and there's nothing I can say to talk him out of it. He says he's too old to stop now.

  • talk sb out of doing sth My family tried to talk me out of becoming a musician, but I wouldn't change my mind. I was determined to have a career in music.

Quick Quiz:

Tommy's mother tried to talk him out of joining the army. She wanted him to
  1. be a soldier
  2. do something else
  3. fight for his country

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