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pep in (one's) step

1. An increased amount of energy or alertness. Add an extra shot of espresso to my latte. I need something that will put some pep in my step!
2. A happy, confident, and enthusiastic mood or manner, as indicated by the carefree way one walks. I've had a pep in my step ever since my girlfriend and I started dating. Getting that promotion has really put a pep in Sarah's step.
See also: pep, step

pep pill

A drug, typically amphetamine and especially one prescribed for medical use, that acts as a stimulant. They were originally advertised as pep pills to give people more energy in the '60s, then they were rebranded as diet pills in the '70s and '80s, before being taken off the market in the early 1990s. I was starting to wonder if my mother had gotten hooked on pep pills, judging by the way she'd been so jumpy and erratic lately.
See also: pep, pill

pep talk

A speech given to encourage others. The team was looking lethargic, but the coach gave them a pep talk at half time, and they came out with a lot of energy. I gave Michelle a pep talk because I knew she was nervous about starting her new job.
See also: pep, talk

pep up

1. To increase or enhance someone's excitement, interest, energy, or alertness. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pep" and "up." The show was going really poorly until the host came out and pepped the audience up. I think I need some coffee to pep me up.
2. To make something more interesting, engaging, or exciting. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pep" and "up." I always use some red chilies to pep up my soups and stews. Have you considered using electric guitars to pep the song up a bit?
See also: pep, up

pepped up

Stimulated; made to be or feel more awake, alert, and energetic. Hyphenated if used before a noun. I just can't focus until I get pepped up with a bit of coffee in the morning. The officer suspected that the pepped-up truck driver might have been high on amphetamines.
See also: pep, up

put (a/some/a little) pep in (one's) step

1. To give one more energy or alertness. Add an extra shot of espresso to my latte. I need something that will put some pep in my step!
2. To cause one to be more confident, optimistic, enthusiastic, etc., in one's mood or manner. Getting that promotions has really put a pep in Sarah's step. I've got some good news that's sure to put a little pep in your step!
See also: pep, put, step
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pep someone or something up

to make someone or something more vigorous. Nancy needs to take some vitamins to pep her up. The coffee break pepped up the tired workers. Better food might pep your cat up.
See also: pep, up
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pep someone up

Invigorate someone or cheer someone up, as in This drink will pep you up, or The good news about his recovery pepped us up. [1920s] Both the verb pep and the noun pep, denoting vigor and energy since about 1910, are abbreviations for pepper, a spice with a pungent, biting quality. They also have given rise to pep rally, a meeting to inspire enthusiasm [c. 1940], and pep talk, a speech meant to instill enthusiasm or bolster morale [1920s].
See also: pep, someone, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a ˈpep talk

(informal) a talk by somebody to give people confidence or encouragement: Just before the exams, our teacher gave us all a pep talk.
See also: pep, talk
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pep up

1. To cause something to become more exciting or interesting: A little spice will pep up the flavor of the stew. We could use a good comedian to pep this party up!
2. To cause someone to become more alert and energetic: I drank coffee to pep myself up as the night wore on. A little music might pep up our bored guests.
See also: pep, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

pep pill

n. a stimulant pill or capsule, such as an amphetamine. The doctor prescribed some kind of pep pills, but I refused to take them.
See also: pep, pill

pep talk

n. an informal speech of encouragement. The coach gave the team a good pep talk, but they lost anyway.
See also: pep, talk

pepped (up)

and peppy
mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also perked (up).) That guy looks a little pepped up. Don’t give him any more booze.
See also: pep, up


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