pepper-upper

pepper-upper

1. A stimulant of some kind; that which quickly imparts energy and alertness. I find that yerba mate tea is a much better pepper-upper than coffee—it gives you the same boost, without making you feel jittery or on-edge.
2. Something that increases enthusiasm, optimism, or eagerness. I hate these public speakers they bring in—they're meant to be pepper-uppers, but they just come across as totally phony to me.

pepper-upper

n. an amphetamine tablet or capsule; a pep pill. I need me a little pepper-upper. Can I have a prescription?
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PEPPER-UPPER (5) This boldface word is given at the main entry pep in the OED.
Such spices as cinnamon and cloves can, in combination with certain savory seasonings, become great fish pepper-uppers.
Peeper pepper-uppers include Cyclax Moistura under-eye cream (above); Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash (right); Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum (below)