talk to (one)

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talk to (one)

1. To converse with one. I'll need to talk to David in HR about this situation. Be sure to talk to your parents or school counselor if any of these issues are affecting you directly.
2. To lecture, scold, reprimand, or rebuke one (about something). You need to go talk to Johnny—he just failed another test. I'll have to talk to Samantha about the quality of her reports.
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talk to someone

1. Lit. to speak to someone; to confer with someone. Talk to me! I really want your opinion. I will have to talk to Mark to see what he thinks.
2. Fig. to lecture to someone; to reprimand someone. I wish you would talk to your son. He is creating havoc in the classroom. I am going to have to talk to Roberta. She is not getting things clean.
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talk to

Also, give a talking to. Scold, reprimand, as in The teacher said he'd have to talk to Jeff after school, or Dad gave us both a good talking to. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s] For talk to like a Dutch uncle, see Dutch uncle.
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He asked me questions and I sat on a big footstool and talked to him about India and about the robin and gardens.
He talked to th' other doctor quite rough--in a polite way.
It seemed as if they talked to each other in soft chirps."
He talked to the nurse for a few minutes when she came into the room and said a few words of warning to Colin.
When he talked to George Willard, Wing Bid- dlebaum closed his fists and beat with them upon a table or on the walls of his house.
In crowds the young men came to gather about the feet of an old man who sat beneath a tree in a tiny garden and who talked to them.
He talked to her, it was true, and be showed her many strange and beautiful things--books, pictures, and curios.
Rachel explained that most people had hitherto been symbols; but that when they talked to one they ceased to be symbols, and became--"I could listen to them for ever!" she exclaimed.
They just took her right in and they talked to her.
I CONFESSED I talked to my dog and, when my wife was away, that I talked to myself.
Since I talked to Martin O'Neill about the situation in April, I have not talked to anyone at Aston Villa.
Your BFF Samantha just talked to your crush's pal Jordan, and word on the street is that the object of your affection thinks you're pretty awesome (yay!).
of California (who asked that her last name not be used) has talked to her two children, 12 and 13 years old, about choices and consequences.
I've talked to a lot of people around the country about The Laramie Project.
I felt a kind of rush, a "click"--he was the first person since I'd been there who had talked to my fear.
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