Definition of pep talk in US English:

pep talk


  • A talk intended to make someone feel more courageous or enthusiastic.

    • ‘But, the pep talk apart, where does Bollywood stand in terms of competition?’
    • ‘Give yourself a daily pep talk to put your friendliest self forward.’
    • ‘It was an emotional boardroom last night and not only did you get canned or fired, but you also got a little pep talk in the end.’
    • ‘The sales reps are driving you up the wall with their pep talk and the brochures are not helpful either.’
    • ‘She gave her employees a pep talk, and the TV cameras, of course, captured it all live.’
    • ‘After the service, he rose to give the soldiers a pep talk and discuss the next morning's mission.’
    • ‘Today, after a pep talk from the folks, some beers from my friends and a good old English Breakfast cuppa I'm relishing the challenge.’
    • ‘The Really Big Boss tried to give a pep talk, which we needed, but it wasn't really making anyone feel better.’
    • ‘One is to wear headphones as you work and listen to some favourite music, cooking lessons or an inspirational pep talk.’
    • ‘I am giving him a pep talk now and it seems like I'm his counsellor or something.’
    • ‘The Minister has never missed the chance to give a pep talk to the heads of district administration on development projects at such conferences.’
    • ‘The manager delivered a pep talk and the words propelled Douglas through arguably the finest season of his career, and certainly the most satisfying.’
    • ‘Can you tell that that last paragraph was like a pep talk to myself?’
    • ‘The visit is seen locally as a preliminary pep talk for the Local Elections next year and he will endeavour to rally all the members for those elections.’
    • ‘If your first instinct is to scurry into a corner, give yourself a personal pep talk first.’
    • ‘The prime minister recently gave a pep talk to Liberal MPs in Canberra.’
    • ‘At the beginning, they gave me the mandatory pep talk about what was expected.’
    • ‘Yesterday his side may have emerged anew after a half-time pep talk from their manager, but their first-half display was woeful.’
    • ‘I had so much fun getting there that I had no problem listening to a pep talk rallying the girls and pointing out the error of their cliques.’
    • ‘Sometimes a teacher would come in and give us a pep talk or possible tips.’
    tirade, lecture, diatribe, homily, polemic, rant, fulmination, broadside, verbal attack, verbal onslaught, invective
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pep talk

/ˈpep ˌtôk//ˈpɛp ˌtɔk/