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pep talk

a vigorous, emotional talk, as to a person or group, intended to arouse enthusiasm, increase determination to succeed, etc.:
The coach gave the team a pep talk before the game.
Origin of pep talk
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
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  • Misinterpreting the resentment of the recruits, he decided a bit of a pep talk was in order.

  • You were supposed to insert a pep talk here, something about hanging in, about the opportunities here.


    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for pep talk

pep talk

(informal) an enthusiastic talk designed to increase confidence, production, cooperation, etc
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pep talk

noun phrase

A hortatory speech, usually given by a team coach or other leader: I always had to give myself a pep talk before I went out to sing

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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