pep talk
noun Date: 1925 a usually brief, intense, and emotional talk designed to influence or encourage an audience

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pep-talk — pep talk, Informal. a speech or short talk designed to fill or inspire, as with energy or enthusiasm; exhortation: »Its language is deliberately that of a sales manager giving a pep talk to the boys (Saturday Review). pep talk «PEHP TK»,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pep talk — When someone gives you a pep talk it is to build you up to help you accomplish something. In sports a coach might give a player a pep talk before the game to bolster his confidence. At work the boss might give you a pep talk to get you to do a… …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • pep talk — pep talks also pep talk N COUNT A pep talk is a speech which is intended to encourage someone to make more effort or feel more confident. [INFORMAL] Powell and Cheney spent the day giving pep talks to the troops …   English dictionary

  • pep talk — pep ,talk noun count INFORMAL a talk during which someone encourages you to do something better or to work harder: We got a pep talk from our coach …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pep talk — pep′ talk n. a vigorous, emotional talk intended to inspire enthusiasm, increase determination to succeed, etc • Etymology: 1920–25 pep′talk , v.t. v.i …   From formal English to slang

  • pep talk — n informal a short speech intended to encourage someone to work harder, win a game etc ▪ Alam gave the Pakistani team a pep talk …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pep talk — ► NOUN informal ▪ a talk intended to make someone feel more courageous or enthusiastic …   English terms dictionary

  • pep talk — ☆ pep talk n. a talk, as to an athletic team by its coach, designed to instill enthusiasm, determination, etc …   English World dictionary

  • pep talk — n. to give a pep talk (the coach gave the team a pep talk) * * * [ peptɔːk] to give a pep talk (the coach gave the team a pep talk) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pep talk — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms pep talk : singular pep talk plural pep talks informal a talk during which someone encourages you to do something better or to work harder We got a pep talk from our coach …   English dictionary

  • pep talk — {n.}, {informal} A speech that makes people feel good so they will try harder and not give up. * /The football coach gave the team a pep talk./ * /Mary was worried about her exams, but felt better after the teacher s pep talk./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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