One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Address (someone) in a hectoring or self-important way without listening to their replies.‘he never talked at you’
- ‘They talk at rather than listen to customers; they don't interact with them and offer new products or services.’
- ‘This isn't easy to do whilst listening and talking at someone else.’
- ‘As I stood there being talked at by Levi, I listened to pieces of conversation from our table.’
- ‘Urania visits her father, and talks at him, unravelling her anger and distress, not at all sure whether he understands.’
- ‘The time has come to have an NHS where the patients are listened to and not talked at.’
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