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sweet talk

noun, Informal.
cajolery; soft soap.
Origin of sweet talk


[sweet-tawk] /ˈswitˌtɔk/ Informal.
verb (used without object)
to use cajoling words.
verb (used with object)
to use cajoling words on in order to persuade; soft-soap:
They tried to sweet-talk the boss into giving them raises.
1925-30 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sweet talk
  • Or if you're feeling lucky, you could try and sweet talk the delivery guy into doing it for free.
  • Whether the new sweet talk blossoms into a lasting romance will depend a lot on whether the economy recovers.
  • Lots of sweet talk, peer pressure, or fear and intimidation.
  • It's going to take a month of apples and sweet talk to turn his anger back into a smile.
  • All of these moves have been set against the backdrop of sweet talk about partnership.
British Dictionary definitions for sweet talk


to coax, flatter, or cajole (someone)
cajolery; coaxing
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Slang definitions & phrases for sweet talk

Sweet 16

noun phrase

The last sixteen teams left in the annual college basketball playoffs: Maryland to the Sweet 16

[1990s+ Sports; fr the traditional phrase for a young girl, found by 1826, and still much in use]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with sweet talk

sweet talk

Flattery, cajolery, as in She uses sweet talk to get her way. [ First half of 1900s ]
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