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.
See also: down, speak

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
References in classic literature ?
I asked in my ordinary tone, speaking down to the face upturned exactly under mine.
It's not my place to say a policy isn't correct but speaking down to customers and embarrassing them just for having children?
It's not my place to say a policy isn't correct, but speaking down to customers and embarrassing them just for having children?
America can't expect to be fully respected as long as it wags its finger at other countries, speaking down to them like a parent scolding a naughty child," Letman told FNA.
However, if he wants to instruct, he is never condescending and does not in any way assume the role of the superior intellectual speaking down to his working-class public.
He said that he was in the process of splitting up with his ex partner and did not like people speaking down to him.
It is as is the authors are speaking down to their audience instead of to it.
He was just as blunt on how the GOP should speak to voters, criticizing his party for offending and speaking down to much of the electorate.
Waving his fingers in threatening and challenging gestures, Sief al-Islam sat behind a desk speaking down to the Libyan citizens, in a manner that was more related to medieval overlord addressing his slaves, than someone who was trying to win over the people.
He said he had noted that Obama's speeches could come off as speaking down to black people and that there were other important issues to be addressed in the community, such as unemployment, the mortgage crisis and the number of blacks in prison.
Mr Jackson said he had said Mr Obama's speeches "can come off as speaking down to black people" and there were other important issues to be addressed in the black community, such as unemployment, the mortgage crisis and the number of blacks in prison.
I said he comes down as speaking down to black people.
Broad and obvious, "Living With Fran" continues the WB's strategy of steadfastly avoiding any comedy that remotely risks speaking down to its audience.
You were essentially lording it over them as being the important boss, speaking down to them.
The essays work best when they reframe our sense of a poet by entering the poetry and managing, while never speaking down to us, to put complex, critical ideas in direct and simple language.