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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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So desperate is the Foxes' boss to reverse his team's decline he allowed a total stranger to give his men a motivational pep-talk before their recent game against Bolton.
And the 24-year-old revealed how Mandela's pep-talk inspired them and gave him the confidence to succeed at Craven Cottage.
Mirror Sport understands that Hoddle wanted to install Syer in time to give the Spurs players a pep-talk before tomorrow's FA Cup semi final.
STEVEN Davis has revealed his inspiration behind the UEFA Cup semi-final heroics - a pre-match pep-talk from Ally McCoist.
Spurs take on Sunderland tomorrow at White Hart Lane determined to end the season on a high after a pep-talk from manager George Graham, who has been absent for a month with a form of arthritis.
His message during a 15 minute pep-talk was that the party had become too high and mighty.