to talk someone out of something

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - talk someone out of something

"to talk someone out of something"

to persuade or convince someone, including yourself, not to do something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - talk someone out of something

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I don't think that is such a good idea.

Colleague 2:  Why not?

Colleague 1:  Because if it goes bad, you will probably lose your job not to mention your reputation in the industry will be trash.

Colleague 2:  But I am convinced that this procedure is going to be successful. There is nothing you can say to talk me out of it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - talk someone out of something

Two parents are talking ...

Mother:  It seems our son is convinced that he is going to take a year off after high school and travel the world.

Father:  Do you think we should try to talk him out of it?

Mother:  He has been working two part-time jobs for three years saving money for the adventure. I don't think he is going to change his mind. Maybe we should just support him in his decision.

Father:  I agree. If he is determined, let's not alienate him.

to talk someone out of something - Usage:


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to talk someone out of something - Gerund Form:

Talking your friend out of making a rash decision can be difficult.

to talk someone out of something - Examples:

1)  ... listens to tells him to stop. It's unclear who might be able to talk him out of his dangerous Twitter habit.

2)  ... says she never wanted her son to become a boxer and she even tried to talk him out of it.

3)  ... and decided he wants to retire and go out on top. I tried to talk him out of it, but this is what he wants to do.

4)  Tracy Marcinco got a perm once. We all tried to talk her out of it. Curls weren't a good look for her. 

5)  ... he was reluctant to go along with Jackie's plan and tried to talk her out of it.

6)  The manager tries to talk her out of it saying that she wouldn't be able to lift the boxes.

7)  Big, crazy design ideas are sometimes too fun to talk yourself out of -- and they'll always be memorable and meaningful.

8)  The biggest lesson was learning to suppress your fear. It is easy to talk yourself out of doing something or ...

9)  The longer you wait, the more likely you are to talk yourself out of it.

10)  It's a great little trick to use to talk yourself out of all kinds of purchases.

11)  I blamed myself for giving in at first. He tried to talk me out of it, but my mind was made up.

12)  ... don't come to my house, don't try and talk me out of it, it's over, I quit.

13)  ... tell my dad about 15 times that I was retiring, he kept trying to talk me out of it, he wouldn't believe me.

14)  I want to set up my own label. People are trying to talk me out of it. But I think I will do it.

15)  A careers officer tried to talk me out of being a hairdresser - but now I own a top salon.

16)  ... supremacist groups, not to angrily confront them but befriend them and eventually attempt to talk them out of their racist views.

17)  ... it was vital for chiefs to deepen the conversation with the people -- to talk them out of doing anything, which could wreck the peace.

18)  ... solutions lie in finding out from such persons the reasons for such an act and talk them out of it.

19)  They were having trouble accommodating all of them at once. I tried to talk them out of it but they wouldn't listen... can you hear me?

20)  ... the new lobstermen aren't from either community, so there is no one to talk them out of rocking the boat.