American Englishinformalto criticize someone or something in an unpleasant way
talk to the hand
spokeninformalused to tell someone rudely that you do not want to listen to anything he or she is going to say to you. When people use this expression, they also usually turn their face away from the other person and hold the palm of their hand out towards them.
WORD FOCUS: talk WORD FOCUS: talk chat/natterBritish Englishto talk in a friendly way about things that are not very important gossipto talk about other people's private lives drone on/go onBritish English/hold forthwaffleBritish Englishrambleto talk for too long in a boring way whisperto talk very quietly mumble/murmurmutterto talk in a way that is difficult to heartalk ➔conversation, discussion, negotiation, debate
to help someone understand a process, method etc by explaining it to them carefully before they use it:
Trevor talked me through loading the software.
talk something ↔ up
to make something appear more important, interesting, successful etc than it really is:
Jones talked up the idea at the meeting.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: speak, talkWhen one person is saying things, you can use talk or speak, but talk is more usual and speakslightly literary• She talked about her job. • He spoke longingly of his home country. • Don't interrupt me when I'm talking/speaking.If people are having a conversation, always use talk• We talked about our relationship. • They talked for hours. If you say that two people are not speaking, you mean they are not willing to talk to each other• They've had a row and they're not speaking.Someone who can talkhas learned to use language• She could talk before she was two.If you can speak, you are able to say something on a particular occasion• I was too scared to speak.!! When you mention what language someone uses, always use speak• She speaks (=knows how to use) French and Spanish.• We spoke in German at first, then English.!! When you ask for someone on the telephone, use speak• Can I speak to Clare?!! You can speak words. Do not use talk• I spoke the words as clearly as I could.!! You can talk senseortalk nonsense. Do not use speak• I think she talks a lot of sense. ➔ See alsospeak
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.