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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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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 talk

n. an informal speech of encouragement. The coach gave the team a good pep talk, but they lost anyway.
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Dubai: Indian Test star Cheteshwar Pujara was at hand to inspire G Force Cricket Academy's budding cricketers, who are on their third tour to Rajkot in India, with a pep talk.
A Florida football coach staged a fake shooting of himself during a pep talk in the school cafeteria.
There's no rule that restricts the pep talk to the coach.
For Amy, her father serves as an inspiration, from accompanying her on weekend runs to pep talks.
Things were so bad coach Bobby Braswell couldn't even bring himself to deliver one of those inspiring, in-your-face pep talks at halftime.
So does having the imagination to show your players videotapes of their team's greatest victories from decades past and inviting the greats of yesteryear to give pep talks.
From Garofalo's borderline schizophrenia to Wes Studi's mundane philosophical pep talks (he plays a clueless mentor inaccurately dubbed the Sphinx) to Stiller's priceless loss of confidence when he realizes that there's really nothing super about him at all, the group's sense of the ridiculous rarely strays off target.
Leaving to visit hospitals and care facilities to give Roy's old pep talks to young men and women who may be thinking their lives are basically over now that their bodies don't work anymore.
Through all those years, she was there - standing off to the side in hospital rooms and auditoriums, watching her husband save lives with his pep talks and positive thinking.
You can sense the winds shifting when a major donor to the school's athletic program readily acknowledges that Garrett has alienated some of the school's loyal contributors with his antics, which include showing the tact of a tabloid when dismissing coaches, delivering expletive-laced pep talks in the locker room and generally behaving like someone whose ego is on Androstenedione.
When asked, I contribute ideas, give pep talks, make moral judgments, give fully of my labor (though not when it comes to laundry) and offer limited advice.
At the end, Josephine says, Tony would talk to her about all the nice people he'd met in the Valley when he went out on those pep talks.
The movie is basically a shared learning experience - the guys teach her the sport, she gives them advice and pep talks and a lawyer friend when they inevitably get busted - as the long-losing team wends its unlikely way to the city finals.