pep talk


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

Hiddink visited the Russian squad for a pep talk at training translated — loosely and with added humor — by current coach Stanislas Cherchesov. Graham Dunbar,, "Under-fire Spain face a Russia side," 29 June 2018 McMaster speaks in the rousing bark of a high-school football coach delivering a pregame pep talk. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "McMaster and Commander," 23 Apr. 2018 His team responded, but that wasn't the only pep talk that took place in the Trojans' locker room during intermission. Adam Baum,, "North College Hill beats Summit in last-second thriller to win its 15th straight," 2 Feb. 2018 Pitching in front of his girlfriend and a group of family members, Burnes trotted in from the bullpen and received a quick pep talk on the mound from 38-year-old veteran catcher Erik Kratz to start. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Corbin Burnes makes his major-league debut one to remember," 10 July 2018 If Durant gave himself another pep talk on the plane ride home, this series will end Tuesday night. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kevin Durant comes out blazing after pep talk from Draymond Green," 6 May 2018 Just when Littlefinger is giving her a pep talk about how danger is omnipresent, someone informs her that she's needed at the gates: IT'S BRAN. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 3: 12 Things to Know About "The Queen's Justice"," 31 July 2017 Fritz quotes at length from an extraordinary St. Crispin’s Day-like pep talk that Rudin delivered to Pascal, via e-mail, in 2014. Stephen Metcalf, The New Yorker, "How Superheroes Made Movie Stars Expendable," 19 May 2018 During a more than hour-long afternoon conversation on Sunday, June 3, with The Chronicle’s pop culture critic, Peter Hartlaub (who attended the comedy and music festival for the first two days as a reporter), Stewart gave Americans a pep talk. Mariecar Mendoza, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jon Stewart sounds off on state of the union at Clusterfest," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of pep talk

1913, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pep talk

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

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