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 That means Lee's dad, John, will have to give Suni his usual pre-competition pep talk over the phone. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 Those other indie darlings, Cassandra Coleman and Wyatt Pike, also impress: After some hesitancy on Cassandra's part in rehearsals, a pep talk from Katy Perry about not letting fear get to her seems to set her straight., 23 Mar. 2021 Only a quick pep talk from his playing partner kept him in the tournament, a staple on the Baltimore sporting calendar at the time. Childs Walker,, 24 Aug. 2021 The couple met for a pep talk in the athlete dining hall Tuesday morning, reassuring each other before the biggest games of their softball careers. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021 This meet, the biggest of Lee’s career, came with the usual pep talk from her father. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, 28 June 2021 For the New York governor, these segments were extensions of his then–extremely popular daily briefings—part pep talk, part info dump, part acknowledgment of a scary and uncertain moment in American life. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 After the punishing women’s triathlon last week in Tokyo, Norwegian Lotte Miller, who placed 24th, took a moment to give a pep talk to Belgium’s Claire Michel, who was inconsolable and slumped on the ground, sobbing. Sally Ho, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Aug. 2021 To buoy their spirits, as is his wont, Coach Lasso, played by the irrepressibly enthusiastic Jason Sudeikis, launches into a pep talk. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of pep talk

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Pep talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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