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pep (one) up

To increase or enhance one'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 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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As a small token of thanks and reciprocity, Walker and other VSU HPERD students played an instrumental role in supporting a "poppin'" (as he termed it) on-campus pep rally that served as a "kick-off" for their NASCAR guests.
'Sir, the highlight of the pep rally was the show of solidarity between Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee chairman Alan Peter Cayetano and Philippine Sports Commission chief Butch Ramirez,' reported Inquirer man June Navarro.
It will be the largest pep rally co-hosted by FIFA official sponsor Hyundai Motor and the Korea International Trade Association (KITA).
Though this year's festivities were reportedly not as raucous as usual, it served as a pre-game pep rally of sorts for Eagles fans, according to (https://deadspin.com/a-tamer-wing-bowl-as-eagles-fans-rest-up-for-super-bowl-1822650854) Deadspin .
In what amounted to almost a pep rally, he spoke loudly and energetically about wanting to work with the real estate and construction industries on updating aging infrastructure, pointing out that the City's robust four year capital plan, which totals $68.6 billion, should be put to good use.
Let us first dispense with the obligatorily reproachful throat clearing: Donald Trump was foolish and irresponsible to imply at a Florida pep rally that a terrorist attack had occurred in Sweden the previous evening.
CHEERLEADERS and bands took part in a pitch perfect parade through the streets of Dublin yesterday culminating in a pep rally at Trinity College ahead of today's American Football Showcase.
If your church service feels like a failed pep rally that never leads to the actual game, then it's time for you to follow Jesus onto the field where the opposition is real and the stakes are extraordinary.
That's how I came to own my version of the treasured campus apparel--and how I found myself on the stage of the oddest pep rally I've ever attended.
Cruz's comments to reporters came during a pep rally in Des Moines with dozens of volunteers, many of whom came from Texas to stay at "Camp Cruz," a former college dormitory that the candidate's campaign has commandeered as temporary housing for volunteers.
SPRINGFIELD - Springfield High School will host its annual "Best of SHS Pep Rally" on Wednesday.
Some 50 Saving Blounts Creek supporters were out in force for the hearing in Washington, holding a pep rally prior to court.
The story begins with two males shooting automatic weapons at a high school audience at a pep rally, killing and wounding many in a Columbine-like massacre.
The once-canceled Leominster Turkey Day pep rally was held after all, thanks to the efforts of students, parents and Mayor Dean J.
Students from kindergarten to grade five took part in the event, which saw classes create posters, pom poms, and cheers for a pep rally before each session.