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

But during the third inning, Manager Jason Antu called time and gathered the boys on the infield grass for a pep talk. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park’s Bronco, Pinto all-stars capture Directors Tournament titles," 17 June 2019 Check out the video above for the hilarious pep talks. Danielle Young, Essence, "What Does A Regina Hall Get-Over-Your-Ex Pep Talk Sound Like?," 17 June 2019 Videos show Coach Drake giving pep talks to players, marching to the mound, and arguing with the umpires at Kalamazoo Growlers games in Michigan. CBS News, ""Coach Drake": The story behind baseball's 6-year-old internet sensation," 19 July 2019 Last week, Drake went viral for giving the Growlers a pep talk against the Kokomo Jackrabbits. Fox News, "Baseball team's coach, 6, dresses down umpire after controversial out," 17 July 2019 Luke's final episodes had featured the actor giving Archie a supportive pep talk, and later, the character was placed out of town. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Has Started Filming Season 4 While Continuing to Honor Luke Perry," 9 July 2019 Before last week’s quarterfinal with Norway, the coach brought David Beckham, a former teammate, in to give the women a pep talk. Kevin Baxter,, "Women’s World Cup: England looks to defy history with a win over the U.S.," 30 June 2019 Waters’s agent, Kim Grillier, calls him into the arena concourse, near the food stands that are now closed, and gives him a quick pep talk. Adam Himmelsbach,, "‘His pick was real, right?’ Behind the scenes of Celtics pick Tremont Waters’s draft night," 21 June 2019 After pep talks and some pointers, Joe walked to the front counter and filled out an application. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Faces of Child Welfare| Christy Moore: Fostering job growth at a Phoenix laundromat," 22 June 2019

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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

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

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