talk down to

This page is about the phrasal verb talk down to.

Meaning: If you talk down to someone, you speak to them as if they are inferior to you or less important than you.

For example:

  • talk down to sb I hate the way Sandra talks down to people if she thinks they aren't well-educated.

  • talk down to sb Make sure you don't talk down to people just because they haven't had as much good fortune in their lives as you have.

Quick Quiz:

James talks down to people if he thinks he is

a. better than they are

b. taller than they are

c. lower than they are

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Contributor: Matt Errey