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.

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Payton is not the first person to volunteer a pep talk. Lee Jenkins,, "Is There Still Time for Rodney Hood to Rediscover His Form for Cavs?," 2 June 2018 Kasper Schmeichel gives his team a vigorous pep talk. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Shootout Sunday: Croatia Follows Russia’s Lead and Wins on Penalty Kicks," 3 July 2018 Some of his impromptu pep talks seem to delight front-line workers, others not so much. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Hitting coaches need to be available, always, for video or soft toss or batting practice on the field or a simple pep talk. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The swings and misses of George Brett's turn as the Royals' hitting coach," 8 July 2018 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

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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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