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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Illustrator Lisa Wheeler will read your kids a poetic pep talk on keeping their teeth to themselves. Christen A. Johnson,, "Printers Row Lit Fest offers up family fun in Lil' Lit Park," 23 May 2018 Didn’t know umpires were allowed to give pep talks. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Umpire’s Pep Talk to Nick Kyrgios Stirs Controversy at the U.S. Open," 30 Aug. 2018 Baker attended three back-to-back church services Sunday morning and gave supporters a final pep talk in Upper Marlboro Sunday evening. Erin Cox,, "Democrats running for Maryland governor crisscross state in final push for votes," 24 June 2018 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

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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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