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talk (oneself) out
To talk so much that one becomes exhausted or has nothing left to say. After discussing the issue for over an hour, I had pretty much talked myself out. My sister was really distraught about her breakup, so I just gave her a sympathetic ear while she talked herself out.
1. To discuss something thoroughly or exhaustively. A noun or pronoun can be used between "talk" and "out." We talked the project's timeline out during the meeting. John's coming over to talk out the problems he's been having with his girlfriend.
2. To discuss something in order to resolve, settle, or find the solution to it. They'd been fighting for a few days until they finally got together and talked it out. The purpose of this meeting is to talk out the problem in a calm and neutral environment.
talk something out
to settle something by discussion. Let's not get mad. Let's just talk it out. Please, let's talk out this matter calmly.
tired of talking; unable to talk more. I can't go on. I'm all talked out. She was talked out in the first hour of discussion.
1. Discuss a matter exhaustively, as in We talked out our marital problems with the therapist. [c. 1900] Also see talked out.
2. Resolve or settle by discussion, as in Karen felt she and her father should talk out their differences. [Mid-1800s]
Weary from speaking, as in I haven't another thing to say; I'm all talked out. [c. 1900] Also see talk out.
1. To discuss some matter completely: I talked out the problem with a therapist. The company executives talked the proposal out behind closed doors.
2. To resolve or settle something by discussion: Rather than fight, they agreed to talk it out. The counselor urged the couple to talk their problems out.
3. talk out of To persuade someone not to do something: I was going to move, but my parents talked me out of it.
4. Chiefly British To block some proposed legislation by filibustering: Certain members of Parliament talked the bill out. The bill was talked out by an MP from Manchester.