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talk sense

Speak rationally and coherently, as in Ranting and raving won't help; it's time we talked sense, or I wish you'd talk some sense into that son of yours. Shakespeare used this idiom in slightly different form in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2:1): “Believe it, Page, he speaks sense.”
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  • But his lips were grim as he said, "We are waiting for you to talk sense, Pardeau."

  • As he cannot talk sense, she stoops to bandy chaff and slang.

  • It really is too amusing to hear you try to talk sense, and only utter nonsense!

  • No more I will, darling, if you will listen to me while I talk sense.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was but a phase; if everyone were to talk in epigrams it would be distinguished to talk sense.

    Oscar Wilde Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  • But—oh, will somebody only talk sense for a moment and bring us all to reason!

    You Never Can Tell George Bernard Shaw
  • Virginie always became entangled when she tried to talk sense or to be sentimental.

  • "Mr. Tredgold has come indoors to talk sense," said Prudence, demurely.

  • You ask me to talk sense, when I find my own hat standing on the floor in the hall, and used as a—a receptacle for walnuts!

    Eliza Barry Pain
  • He wished Ann could get her in a corner and sit down and talk sense to her.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett

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