Definition of sweet talk in English:

sweet talk

(also sweet-talk)


[with object]informal
  • Insincerely praise (someone) in order to persuade them to do something.

    ‘detectives sweet-talked them into confessing’
    • ‘This led to me doing a brief stint at a telemarketing centre sweet-talking old ladies into spending their pension checks on tickets to the Garden Brothers Circus.’
    • ‘After sweet-talking Ruth and charming his way into the Lewis household, it's soon clear that Moz's eye for the ladies extends as far as Steve's blossoming 15 year-old daughter Hannah.’
    • ‘He sweet-talked hostesses at four-star restaurants into producing tables for eight (and their phone numbers for dates) and persuaded a street masseur to let Mr. Horwitz give him a massage.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean that you won't sweet-talk someone, it just means you'll find a better innuendo with which to do it.’
    • ‘But, I like boys when they are still sweet-talking you.’
    • ‘Girls steal their shirts from their dressing rooms and sweet-talk the band's mothers to get an introduction.’
    • ‘He's been sweet-talking me every time he sees me.’
    • ‘All night, in my dreams, she was there trying to sweet-talk me into reconsidering.’
    • ‘Most times she would kick him, few times she would sweet-talk him.’
    • ‘He knows how to sweet-talk people.’
    • ‘A recent series of commercials featured them sweet-talking a beautiful woman on a sofa, unaware that she was insulting them in Swedish.’
    • ‘Oftentimes there is a lot of trading between the students, and some try to sweet-talk me into giving up some really great images that I have saved.’
    • ‘Keep sweet-talking me, Kim, you've almost worn me down.’
    • ‘He alternately hugs Poldi to his chest, sweet-talking him with promises of a better life, then, in a flash, his hands are around Poldi's throat as he tries to choke the information out of him.’
    • ‘We caught the man, who calls himself Shane Anderson, sweet-talking kind-hearted citizens out of their money.’
    • ‘The men degrade the women for being a ‘welfare mother,’ she says, and then ‘the next thing you know, two days before check day, they're sweet-talking her.’’
    • ‘After all, the ex-offender could break into their homes or sweet-talk a child while his or her parents are not around.’
    • ‘The police believe Lindsay Simpson was one of a number of pretty women used by gangs to sweet-talk male staff into handing over thousands of pounds after stealing the identity of other women.’
    • ‘In William Shakespeare's play - Macbeth - lady Macbeth sweet-talks her husband Macbeth into killing the King Duncan so that her husband could become king.’
    • ‘I now have a smart red card to open all the doors I need to get through, and I no longer have to sweet-talk someone else into letting me in.’
    charm, attract, enchant, entrance, win over, woo, captivate, bewitch, spellbind, dazzle, blind, hypnotize, mesmerize, seduce, tempt, lead on, lure, entice, ensnare, entrap
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mass nouninformal
  • Insincere praise used to persuade someone to do something.

    ‘she thought I was just giving her meaningless sweet talk’
    • ‘And last but not least don't be impressed by sweet talk and empty promises.’
    • ‘Could that guy sweet talk the chrome off the bumper of a '57 Ford or what?’
    • ‘He has a talent for sweet talk, mischievous banter, illicit (often dangerous) liaisons, less than legit business dealings and general chaos.’
    • ‘Other than having to sweet talk some little old grandfathers into moving to another table we had no problems except a mutual inability to get anything on a wall and level simultaneously.’
    • ‘From this moment we won't be appeased by fork-tongued, sweet talk.’
    • ‘She needed a shot of insulin and lots of sweet talk.’
    • ‘What sort of sweet talk is possibly needed to persuade a 14-year-old to enter the room of a complete stranger and, presumably, a foreigner?’
    • ‘I want to skip over Dick's diplomatic sweet talk and address his conclusions right away.’
    • ‘No wonder I was able to sweet talk my way out of detentions better then her.’
    • ‘I'm gonna go check on Jade and make sure that Gardineau didn't sweet talk her that much.’
    • ‘It was that sort of sweet talk that people tried to calm other people down with; almost downsizing people.’
    • ‘This could be just the usual sweet talk from world leaders eyeing a slice of Brazil's booming internal market of 169 million people with an economy set to steam ahead in 2001.’
    • ‘Now, I hate to admit it, but he's actually a really great guy, he's driven, talented, and can sweet talk his way out of any situation, a talent we took advantage of many times in our travels.’
    • ‘One of the reasons that personal freedom campaigners are so angry about all of this is that there is a lot of sweet talk about new ‘rights’ regimes brought up at the WIPO talking shop.’
    • ‘There is no courting, no sweet talk or handholding.’
    • ‘Bolton, who took $30,000 from the Taiwanese to advise them on how to join the UN he despises, does not do sweet talk.’
    • ‘The sweet talk is that if you make Miller go away, I will be your ‘friend'. That means that I will give you money for your campaign.’
    • ‘When you ask Mr. Haddad to confirm it in writing, he will start talking sweet talk and nice words such as: ‘I am a respectable man.’
    • ‘We have so little interaction with men that we will vote with our emotions, choosing candidates for their looks and sweet talk rather than for what they can deliver.’
    • ‘Even if he could sweet talk the French into a more supportive posture (highly doubtful), how would that improve U.S. safety?’
    smooth talk, flattery, blarney, blandishments, honeyed words
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