Phrasal Verbs

talk down to

This page is about the phrasal verb talk down to


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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