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talk one's way out

2017年12月12日 | 英語の本を読む

Reader's Digest 10月号の記事 'That's Outrageous!' からの引用です。
After he got home from a trip to the car wash, a six-year-old in Massachusetts called 911 to report a crime. The perpetrator was his father. The criminal act? Dad ran a red light. Even though he was ratted out by his own kid, the father talked his way out of a ticket.
実に正直で正義感に溢れる子供ですね。それに対し父親は "talked his way out" とあります。この表現は初めて見ますが、何とか言葉を濁して逃れたことが連想できます。辞書で確認します。
・McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs: to get out of something by verbal persuasion. You are in a mess and you can't talk your way out of it. If I get into some sort of problem, I will try to talk my way out of it.
・Farlex Dictionary of Idioms: To use charming or persuasive speech in order to avoid something. I still can't believe you were able to talk your way out of that drunk-driving ticket. Don't think you can talk your way out of doing the dishes tonight!

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