speak down to (one)

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speak down to (one)

To speak in an insultingly condescending manner to one; to speak to one as if they are less mature, intelligent, or capable than they really are. I try not to speak down to my kids when they ask me a serious question. I hate the way my boss speaks down to me whenever I ask him to explain something.
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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.
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regardless of what YOU THINK the validity of your statement is, I was taught never to speak down on a dead man," he wrote.
When I speak down with everyone I will say I want to do certain things a bit differently.
When I was taught to speak, on stage, pulpit or radio, the first rule was "Never speak DOWN to your audience".
Some in-house counsel may tend to speak down to their business teams.
Steve Carell has suggested that the Despicable Me franchise is successful because the films don't speak down to children.
Our goal was to try not to speak down to teenagers, which is what John Hughes did best," Stone says.
Supportive "No matter who you are, you should have respect and never speak down to people.
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.
There are times though when Hamilton's words do stand alone and, more importantly, speak down through the ages.
It took its readers seriously, did not speak down to them and assumed (correctly) that they would take an intelligent interest in subjects beyond their own immediate experience.
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.
With trademark boogie funk numbers such as the opening Get A Rise nestling alongside ballads like Speak Down The Wire, it was the band's most diverse set to date.
Among the mistakes the liberal left made then was to speak down to the working class and its struggles and institutions.