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.
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speak down to

To speak condescendingly to: She never spoke down to her audience.
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His response is a quiet, modest, almost bemused, chuckle as he speaks down the line from hisHampstead Heathflat in London.
At the same lime, her writing never speaks down to the reader while presenting both basic needed information as well as scholarly essays on specific aspects of the operas.
Especially an unelected European gravy-train rider like Mandelson, who speaks down to British workers on such a crushing scale.
Pirate's Passage never speaks down to the reader or offers pat answers to its mysteries.
Adapted from Louis Sachar's acclaimed novel, with a screenplay by the author himself, Holes is an enchanting family film which never speaks down to or patronises its target youth audience.
Adapted from Louis Sachar's acclaimed novel, Holes is an enchanting family film which never speaks down to or patronises its target youth audience.
The tone and the way that the author speaks down to the reader so patronising it would have made me put down the book before the end of the first chapter if I wasn't reviewing it.
It is intimidating when someone bigger than you speaks down at you.
Challenging skeptics who fear that clear language is dull and speaks down to readers, Agoston says clear language actually gives more sparkle to your writing.