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talk someone into (doing) something

to overcome someone's objections to doing something; to convince someone to do something. They talked me into going to the meeting, even though I didn't really have the time. No one can talk me into doing something illegal. She finally talked herself into making the dive.
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talk somebody into something

to persuade someone to do something It was pretty hard to talk the kids into going to the dance, but they did go and had a great time. She talked the boss into buying new computers by saying we could work faster with them.
Opposite of: talk somebody out of something
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talk into

Persuade, as in They talked me into going swimming with them. This idiom was first recorded in 1697. The antonym is talk out of, meaning "dissuade," as in They tried to talk me out of going swimming. It is almost a century newer, first recorded in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1797-1798).
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talk into

v.
1. To direct one's voice toward some device, such as a microphone: The radio announcer talked clearly into the microphone. Talk directly into my tape recorder or it won't pick up your voice.
2. To persuade someone to do something: The salesperson talked us into buying the car. I tried to talk them into my plan, but they wouldn't cooperate.
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