talk to (oneself)(redirected from they talked to themselves)
talk to (oneself)
To speak one's thoughts out loud only for one's own benefit, without intending for someone else to hear them. A: "I could hear Dad talking to himself while putting the bookshelf together." B: "Yeah, and there were a lot of expletives—I don't think it was going well." A: "What did you say?" B: "Ah, nothing—I'm just talking to myself."
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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