Definition of sweet talk in US 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’
    • ‘Keep sweet-talking me, Kim, you've almost worn me down.’
    • ‘A recent series of commercials featured them sweet-talking a beautiful woman on a sofa, unaware that she was insulting them in Swedish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All night, in my dreams, she was there trying to sweet-talk me into reconsidering.’
    • ‘Girls steal their shirts from their dressing rooms and sweet-talk the band's mothers to get an introduction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘He's been sweet-talking me every time he sees me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We caught the man, who calls himself Shane Anderson, sweet-talking kind-hearted citizens out of their money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But, I like boys when they are still sweet-talking you.’
    • ‘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 knows how to sweet-talk people.’
    • ‘After all, the ex-offender could break into their homes or sweet-talk a child while his or her parents are not around.’
    • ‘Most times she would kick him, few times she would sweet-talk him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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  • Insincere praise used to persuade someone to do something.

    • ‘And last but not least don't be impressed by sweet talk and empty promises.’
    • ‘I'm gonna go check on Jade and make sure that Gardineau didn't sweet talk her that much.’
    • ‘Even if he could sweet talk the French into a more supportive posture (highly doubtful), how would that improve U.S. safety?’
    • ‘He has a talent for sweet talk, mischievous banter, illicit (often dangerous) liaisons, less than legit business dealings and general chaos.’
    • ‘It was that sort of sweet talk that people tried to calm other people down with; almost downsizing people.’
    • ‘I want to skip over Dick's diplomatic sweet talk and address his conclusions right away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She needed a shot of insulin and lots of sweet talk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From this moment we won't be appeased by fork-tongued, sweet talk.’
    • ‘Could that guy sweet talk the chrome off the bumper of a '57 Ford or what?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No wonder I was able to sweet talk my way out of detentions better then her.’
    • ‘There is no courting, no sweet talk or handholding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bolton, who took $30,000 from the Taiwanese to advise them on how to join the UN he despises, does not do sweet talk.’
    smooth talk, flattery, blarney, blandishments, honeyed words
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sweet talk

/ˈswit ˌtɔk//ˈswēt ˌtôk/