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speak down to someone

to address someone in simpler terms than necessary; to speak condescendingly to someone. There is no need to speak down to me. I can understand anything you are likely to say. sorry. sometimes I tend to speak down to people over the telephone.
See also: down, speak

speak down to

To speak condescendingly to: She never spoke down to her audience.
See also: down, speak
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The most important thing for a teacher is to be present mentally and emotionally, and really speak with the students--not to speak down to them.
I communicate well with kids and I never speak down to them.
He said he had always been shy and quiet until he took on his new role and added: "It has been wonderful for me - people in the NHS speak to you on the level, they don't speak down to you.
They shouldn't speak over their clients or speak down to them.
Then they slipped a note under the toilet door which said something like 'I will respect my senior pros and not speak down to them' and told Craig to sign it.
His poems, however, include us rather than speak down to us.