Phrasal Verbs

talk out of

This page is about the phrasal verb talk out of


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

a. be a soldier

b. do something else

c. fight for his country

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