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1. To dodge or avoid speaking directly about something. He keeps talking around the issue of workplace morale whenever I bring it up with him during these meetings. I wish journalists wouldn't let these politicians talk around their questions like that.
2. To coax, cajole, or persuade someone to do or take part in something. I can't believe I let him talk me around to lending him my car for the weekend. Remember the reasons why you're quitting—don't let them talk you around!
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talk around something
to talk, but avoid talking directly about the subject. You are just talking around the matter! I want a straight answer! He never really said anything. He just talked around the issue.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Also, talk round. Persuade, as in I talked him around to my point of view, or He had a hard time talking them round, but they finally agreed to postpone the tournament. Also see talk into.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To speak indirectly about something: The politician just talked around the issue and never answered the question.
2. To persuade someone of something: I talked them around to my point of view. They disagreed with me at first, but I talked them around.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.