from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A speech of exhortation, as to a team or staff, meant to instill enthusiasm or bolster morale.

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  • n. A rallying speech made to instill enthusiasm and boost confidence

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  • n. a speech of exhortation attempting to instill enthusiasm and determination in a team or staff


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  • The cigars were Havanas, and their aroma made Mal wish he hadn’t quit smoking; Herman Gerstein’s pep talk and Dudley Smith’s accompaniment — smiles, nods, little chuckles — made him wish that he was back at the LAPD Academy interviewing recruits for the role of idealistic young leftist.

    The Big Nowhere

  • The head of the SFF, as it turned out, had not come to chastise Sexton, but rather to give him a pep talk and tell him the battle was not yet over.

    Deception Point

  • Tristan stood in the upstairs bathroom mirror, giving himself a pep talk as he finished putting on his aftershave—Unforgivable—a favorite scent of Deeva’s.

    Decoys, Inc.

  • Eric has given me a pep talk this morning, reminding me that no matter what Emma Wasserstein does, she cannot put words in my mouth.



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