Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

talk down to

talk down to
1) speak to someone as if they are less intelligent or important than you
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    • I don't appreciate being talked down to by anyone
  • Analysis

    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.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm sick of Tom talking down to me. His problem is that he thinks he's better than everyone else.
    2. I find that people talk down to me or assume I am not educated just because I work in a bar.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. My manager came down on me hard for the mistake I made. I really don't appreciate being talked down to like that!
    2. When teaching, Emily never talks down to her students. Instead, she treats them all like intelligent adults.
    3. When marketing, it's important that you never talk down to potential clients. 
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