pep talk

noun

Definition of pep talk

: a usually brief, intense, and emotional talk designed to influence or encourage an audience

Examples of pep talk in a Sentence

The coach gave the team a pep talk before the game. She needs a pep talk.
Recent Examples on the Web In her videos, Morgan combines lighthearted, kittenish pep talk with nimble self-promotion, often delivered while reclining on a chaise longue, Cleopatra-style. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How Cameo Blew Up During Quarantine," 15 Sep. 2020 Make long-range plans and pay attention to an inspiring pep talk. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 8, 2020: Happy birthday Pink; Capricorn, be a team player," 8 Sep. 2020 Sanders listened, and then delivered a cornerman’s pep talk. Elizabeth Bruenig, Star Tribune, "I asked Bernie Sanders if it was all over. 'No,' he groaned.," 18 Aug. 2020 The two walked for 15 minutes together — Frazier knowing Gallo might have needed pep talk. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Despite Joey Gallo’s rough offensive week, Chris Woodward says Rangers slugger is ‘fine'," 15 Aug. 2020 Holtz produced the kind of pep talk that can work only on unpaid 21-year-olds dependent on their coach for playing time who are without legal representation within the confines of a locker room. Star Tribune, "Gophers, conference led by voices of reason and safety, instead of the selfish and greedy," 11 Aug. 2020 Fauci and Collins ended their 30 minute session on Monday with something of a pep talk. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "States mandate masks, begin to shut down again as coronavirus cases soar and hospitalizations rise," 7 July 2020 Her older sister, an aesthetician, pampered her with a facial, and her teenage niece even gave her a pep talk at a charming family dinner. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "How Selling Sunset Season 3 Warps Time & Space, Episode By Episode," 8 Aug. 2020 Fauci and Collins ended their 30 minute session on Monday with something of a pep talk. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "States mandate masks, begin to shut down again as coronavirus cases soar and hospitalizations rise," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of pep talk

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Pep talk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pep%20talk. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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pep talk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pep talk

informal : a short speech that is given to encourage someone to work harder, to feel more confident and enthusiastic, etc.

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