talk1 W1S1 [to:k US to:k] v
2¦(serious subject)¦
3¦(say words)¦
4¦(a speech)¦
5¦(secret information)¦
6 talk sense/rubbish/nonsense etc
7 talk (some) sense into somebody
8 talk to yourself
9 know what you are talking about
10 talk the hind leg(s) off a donkey
11 talk about lazy/cheap/hungry etc
12 talking of/about something
13 what are you talking about?
14 I'm talking to you!
15 be like talking to a brick wall
16 talk somebody's ear off
17 talk trash
18 talk the talk
19 I'm/we're/you're talking (about) something
20 now you're talking
21 look who's talking
22 we're/you're talking £500/three days etc
23 talk your way out of something
24 talk nineteen to the dozen
25 talk in riddles
26 talk tough (on something)
27 talk shop
28 talk dirty (to somebody)
29 be talking through your hat
30 talk smack
Phrasal verbs
 talk around/round
 talk back
 talk somebody/something<=>down
 talk down to somebody
 talk somebody into something
 talk something<=>out
 talk somebody out of something
 talk something<=>over
 talk through something
 talk something<=>up
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: Probably from Old English talian 'to count, consider, tell']
to say things to someone as part of a conversation
I could hear Sarah and Andrew talking in the next room.
talk about
English people love to talk about the weather.
All through the afternoon, they sat and talked about their trip.
talk to
Claudia spent a long time talking to him.
She's very easy to talk to.
talk with
I got the truth from talking with Elena.
talk together
They were talking together in the hall.
Sue and Bob still aren't talking (=are refusing to talk to each other) .
talk in a low voice/a whisper etc
They were talking in low voices, and I couldn't catch what they were saying.
talk of
(=used especially in formal or literary contexts)
We talked of old times.
[i]see usage notespeak
to discuss something serious or important with someone
Joe, we need to talk.
Is there somewhere we can talk in private?
talk to
You should talk to a lawyer.
talk about
We've been talking about getting married.
talk with
Parents should talk with their children about drug abuse.
talk sport/politics/business etc
'Let's not talk politics now,' said Hugh impatiently.
3.) ¦(SAY WORDS)¦ [I]
to produce words and express thoughts, opinions, ideas etc
She was talking so fast I could hardly understand her.
How do babies learn to talk ?
Some residents were frightened to talk publicly.
talk (in) French/German etc
They started talking in Spanish.
Don't let Dad hear you talking like that (=expressing things in a particular way) .
4.) ¦(A SPEECH)¦ [I]
to give a speech
talk on/about
Professor Davis will talk about 'Trends in Network Computing'.
if someone who has secret information talks, they tell someone else about it
Even under torture, Maskell refused to talk .
He tried to stop his ex-wife from talking on live TV.
We should stop meeting like this. People will talk.
6.) talk sense/rubbish/nonsense etc
[i]especially BrE spoken used to say that you think someone is saying something sensible, something stupid etc
You do talk rubbish sometimes, Jules.
7.) talk (some) sense into sb
to persuade someone to behave sensibly
She hoped Father McCormack would be able to talk some sense into her son.
8.) talk to yourself
to say your thoughts out loud
'What did you say?' 'Sorry, I was just talking to myself.'
9.) know what you are talking about
spoken to know a lot about a particular subject
I worked in hotels for years, so I know what I'm talking about.
10.) talk the hind leg(s) off a donkey informal
to talk a lot, especially about unimportant things
11.) talk about lazy/cheap/hungry etc
spoken used to emphasize that someone or something is very lazy, cheap, hungry etc
Talk about lucky. That's the second time he's won this week!
12.) talking of/about sth
spoken used to say more about a subject that someone has just mentioned
Talking of Venice, have you seen the masks I bought there last year?
13.) what are you talking about?
spoken used when you think what someone has said is stupid or wrong
What are you talking about? We got there in plenty of time.
14.) I'm talking to you!
spoken used when you are angry that the person you are talking to is not paying attention
Rob! I'm talking to you!
15.) be like talking to a brick wall
spoken used to say that it is annoying to speak to someone because they do not pay attention to you
16.) talk sb's ear off
AmE spoken to talk too much to someone
17.) talk trash
AmE informal to say rude or offensive things to or about someone, especially to opponents in a sports competition
Both teams were talking trash on the court.
18.) talk the talk
AmE informal to say the things that people expect or think are necessary in a particular situation
She didn't talk the talk of feminism, but her career was the most important thing in her life.
walk the walk atwalk1 (12)
19.) I'm/we're/you're talking (about) sth
spoken used in conversation to emphasize a fact or remind someone of it
I'm not talking about ancient history, I'm talking about last season's performance.
20.) now you're talking
spoken used to say that you think someone's suggestion is a good idea
'Fancy an ice cream?' 'Now you're talking.'
21.) look who's talking also you're a fine one to talk
, you can talk
spoken used to tell someone they should not criticize someone else's behaviour because their own behaviour is just as bad
'Peggy shouldn't smoke so much.' 'Look who's talking!'
22.) we're/you're talking £500/three days etc
spoken used to tell someone how much something will cost, how long something will take to do etc
To do a proper job, you're talking £750 minimum.
23.) talk your way out of sth informal
to escape from an bad or embarrassing situation by giving explanations, excuses etc
She's good at talking her way out of trouble.
24.) talk nineteen to the dozen
BrE informal talk a blue streak AmE
to talk very quickly without stopping
25.) talk in riddles
to deliberately talk in a strange and confusing way
Stop talking in riddles and explain what's going on.
26.) talk tough (on sth) informal to give people your opinions very strongly
The President is talking tough on crime.
27.) talk shop
if people talk shop, they talk about their work when there are people present who are not interested or involved in it - used to show disapproval
Are you two going to talk shop all night?
28.) talk dirty (to sb) informal to talk in a sexual way to someone in order to make them feel sexually excited
29.) be talking through your hat
BrE informal if someone is talking through their hat, they say stupid things about something that they do not understand
30.) talk smack
AmE informal to criticize someone or something in an unpleasant way
talk around/round phr v
1.) talk sb around/round
to persuade someone to change their opinion about something
Leave Betty to me. I'll soon talk her round.
2.) talk around/round sth
to discuss a problem without really dealing with the important parts of it
They had spent half the night talking round the subject.
talk back phr v
to answer someone in authority such as a teacher or parent in a rude or impolite way
talk down [talk sb/sth<=>down] phr v
1.) BrE to make something seem less successful, interesting, good etc than it really is
the pessimists who are talking down Britain
2.) to help a ↑pilot land an aircraft by giving them instructions from the ground by radio
talk down to [talk down to sb] phr v
to talk to someone as if they are stupid, although they are not
The students felt that they were talked down to as though they were children.
talk into [talk sb into sth] phr v
to persuade someone to do something
talk sb into doing sth
My husband talked me into going skiing.
talk out [talk sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to discuss a problem thoroughly in order to solve it
We need to spend a little time talking this out.
talk something<=>out with
It might help if you talked it out with Dad.
2.) BrE if politicians talk out a proposal, they talk about it for a long time deliberately so that there will not be enough time to vote on it
The Land Protection Bill was talked out by MPs from rural areas.
talk out of [talk sb out of sth] phr v
to persuade someone not to do something
talk sb out of doing sth
Can't you talk them out of selling the house?
talk over [talk sth<=>over] phr v
to discuss a problem with someone before deciding what to do
talk something<=>over with
Talk over any worries with your GP.
talk through [talk through sth] phr v
1.) talk sth<=>through
to discuss something thoroughly so that you are sure you understand it
Allow time to talk through any areas of difficulty.
2.) talk sb through sth
to help someone understand a process, method etc by explaining it to them carefully before they use it
Trevor talked me through loading the software.
talk up [talk sth<=>up] phr v
to make something appear more important, interesting, successful etc than it really is
Jones talked up the idea at the meeting.
WORD FOCUS: words meaning talk
chat/natter British English to talk in a friendly way about things that are not very important
gossip to talk about other people's private lives
drone on/go on (BrE) hold forth waffle British English ramble to talk for too long in a boring way
whisper to talk very quietly
mumble/murmur mutter to talk in a way that is difficult to hear
See also: conversation, discussion, negotiation, debate
talk 2
talk2 W1S1 n
5¦(type of conversation)¦
6 be all talk
7 be the talk of the town/Paris etc
8 talk is cheap
a conversation
After a long talk , we decided on divorce.
John, I'd like to have a talk with you.
talk about
We must have a talk about money.
talks [plural]
formal discussions between governments, organizations etc
peace/trade etc talks
The peace talks look promising.
The president held talks with Chinese officials.
talks with
Talks with the rebels have failed.
3.) ¦(SPEECH)¦
a speech
an entertaining talk
talk on/about
a talk on local history
give/do/deliver a talk
Dr. Howard will give a talk on herbal medicine.
4.) ¦(NEWS)¦[U]
information or news that people talk about and hear about a lot, but that is not official
talk of
Tickets sold so quickly there's talk of a second concert.
talk of doing sth
the administration's talk of reducing weapons
talk that
There's talk that she's difficult to work with.
just/only talk
It's just talk. He'll never do it.
type of conversation
That's enough of that kind of talk.
persuasive sales talk
That's fighting talk (=brave and confident words) from Italy's manager.
6.) be all talk
spoken someone who is all talk talks a lot about what they intend to do, but never actually does it
7.) be the talk of the town/Paris etc
someone who is the talk of the town has done something bad, shocking, exciting etc and everyone is talking about them
She's the talk of London's theatre-goers since her last performance.
8.) talk is cheap
used to say that you do not believe someone will do what they say
→↑pep talk, small talk,idle talk atidle1 (2), pillow talk atpillow1 (3)

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