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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.
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pep (one) up

To increase or enhance someone's excitement, interest, energy, or alertness. 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.
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pep (something) up

To make something more interesting, engaging, or exciting. 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?
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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.
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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].
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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.
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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.
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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.
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pep talk

n. an informal speech of encouragement. The coach gave the team a good pep talk, but they lost anyway.
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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.
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Rothschild is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to Pep Boys.
PEP completion was not reported (no report received) for 716 (11%) persons; 701 had no prior treatment history.
This means there will no longer be a distinction between general and single company Peps, and investors can merge the two elements if they wish.
Most PEPs have an up-front charge of up to six per cent of your investment.
From next spring you will be able to keep existing PEPs going but any new tax-free investment has to go into an Individual Savings Account (ISA).
Both PEPs and TESSAs have been very successful, but how do you choose between them?
By encouraging and satisfying the children's natural curiosity about horses, PEP officers develop close connections with the communities they serve.
It's exciting to finally see these extraordinary pieces of automotive history displayed for the public's enjoyment," said Pep Boys President and CEO, Mike Odell.
Yet a recent survey conducted by the leading financial magazine, Money Management, surprisingly revealed that over 50 per cent of Pep holders did not realise that one plan can be swapped for another.
Money invested in a PEP is invested in shares, earning dividends free of income tax and storing up any rises in value free of capital gains tax as well.
Celtic get a cut from the commission on each policy and will now receive a slice of the initial cost in starting up each Celtic PEP.
PHILADELPHIA -- With more than 700 locations across the country, The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE: PBY) today announced an expansion of its business with the formal re-launch of its dedicated fleet services program.
PEP also recently announced the addition of 14 new advisory board members whose experience ranges from highly successful entrepreneurs, investors, and politicians, to men who first came to PEP as incarcerated men.
Boosted by colossal advertising campaigns urging savers to take up "your last Pep", unit trust Pep sales ,32doubled between January and February to a level nearly two thirds higher than in February last year.
MOVE fast if you are thinking of investing in a PEP, with the mounting speculation that the Chancellor will bow to pressure and increase the pounds 50,000 lifetime limit for investments into his new Individual Savings Account (ISA).