Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
When you 'talk down to' someone it means you speak to someone in a patronising way or in a way which puts them in a position of inferiority. 'Talking down to someone' involves assuming the person you are speaking to is not as important or as intelligent as you. Similar in meaning to 'condescending' or 'patronising'. This expression can be used in social and professional contexts.