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A mottled mixture of black, grey, and white. Usually used in reference to hair. Her salt-and-pepper hair gave our teacher a look of distinction and authority.


1. A stimulant of some kind; that which quickly imparts energy and alertness. I find that yerba mate tea is a much better pepper-upper than coffee—it gives you the same boost, without making you feel jittery or on-edge.
2. Something that increases enthusiasm, optimism, or eagerness. I hate these public speakers they bring in—they're meant to be pepper-uppers, but they just come across as totally phony to me.

pepper with

1. To sprinkle, dot, or cover something with a lot of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pepper" and "with." Birds have peppered the various statues with poo, making for some very unsightly tourist attractions. Their entire house has been peppered with their kids' toys—you can't walk anywhere without tripping over something!
2. To add a lot of something interspersed or intermixed into something else, especially something spoken such as a story, speech, lecture, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pepper" and "with." He always peppered his lessons with funny anecdotes and skits to help the students really engage with the material. My uncle can't tell a story without peppering it with various embellishments and mistruths.
3. To shower or rain down on someone or something with small projectiles or missiles. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pepper" and "with." Riot police peppered the protestors with rubber bullets and tear gas.
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pepper someone or something with something

to shower someone or something with something, such as stones, bullets, etc. The angry crowd peppered the police with stones. The sheriff's posse peppered the bandit's hideout with bullets.
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pepper with

1. To intersperse something with something else, especially to make it more exciting, interesting, or colorful: She peppers her stories with interesting details. Our vacation consisted of long days at the beach peppered with exciting trips to the city.
2. To sprinkle liberally with something; dot with something: The kids have peppered the backyard with lost marbles.
3. To be sparsely distributed across something; dot something. Used in the passive: The green plain was peppered with small yellow shrubs.
4. To attack someone or something with or as if with small missiles: The attackers peppered the castle wall with a hail of bullets.
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n. an amphetamine tablet or capsule; a pep pill. I need me a little pepper-upper. Can I have a prescription?

salt and pepper

1. n. a black and white police car. There is a salt and pepper around the corner waiting for speeders.
2. mod. interracial, including black and white. It was sort of a salt and pepper meeting, with representatives from all neighborhoods.
See also: and, pepper, salt
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NOTE: Wear plastic gloves when handling chile peppers, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching sensitive parts of your body, especially your face.
Some have slightly green patches, but all peppers will go red when fully ripe.
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Heck, there aren't even a peck of bell pepper growers in Florida.
Daily consumption may be even higher today than during the survey period--a reflection of the popularity of the foods in which bell peppers are used.
Add the tomatoes, beans, carrots, jalapeno peppers, and garlic.
Although an increasing number of departments equip their officers with pepper spray, other agencies have been slow to embrace this alternative to more conventional methods of subject control.
A month after Black Monday, while congressional and White House leaders held an "economic summit" to reduce the deficit, 87-year-old Rep Claude Pepper swore his opposition to including Social Security cuts in the package.
Kung Pao Shrimp -- Succulent shrimp sauteed with red bell peppers, crisp celery, zucchini and peanuts, all flavored with ginger and garlic in a spicy chili pepper sauce.
PLANO, Texas -- Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper will host a free outdoor movie night as a "thank you" to New Yorkers at Passannante Ball Field, West Houston Street and Sixth Avenue, New York City on June 1, 2005 at 7:30 pm.
Remove mixture from heat; add rosemary, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
2 red peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch strips