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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pep talk was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Pep talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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