Grammar Patterns

V way prep/adv

The 'talk' group

These verbs are concerned with talking persuasively, often dishonestly, in order to get into a good situation or out of an unpleasant one. The verb in this group which most frequently has this pattern is talk.
He bargained his way out of jail.
Many people will not admit that they do not know something but will either bluff their way through or go and find out about it.
At the end of that month, unmasked as an academic fraud who had lied her way to the top of her profession, she resigned.
The only chance was to allay the officials' suspicions: to try and somehow talk our way out of it, or see if they were open to bribery.
  • argue
  • bargain
  • blag
  • bluff
  • bluster
  • bullshit
  • cajole
  • charm
  • con
  • lie
  • negotiate
  • plead
  • reason
  • sweet-talk
  • talk
  • wheedle
  • whinge
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