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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
pep
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
gave...pep talk
▪ Alam gave the Pakistani team a pep talk.
pep pill
pep rally
pep squad
pep talk
▪ Alam gave the Pakistani team a pep talk.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Lower interest rates designed to pep up the corporate sector threaten to add more fuel to the consumer boom.
▪ This was the most encouragement the boy got there, and it proved not enough to pep up his dismal sales figures.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
rally
▪ The metro editor sent me to cover a soccer team pep rally at Columbia University.
▪ This sentiment operates daily, not just at an occasional pep rally or assembly.
talk
▪ I wondered what they said in there, what pep talks were handed out.
▪ A pep talk was all it took.
▪ Rubin himself appeared on stage for a pep talk, a short and stocky 40ish fellow in business blues.
▪ Since I am not a person whose anxiety diminishes at the prospect of certain failure, I gave myself a pep talk.
▪ In Harrogate I was to meet my editor for a pep talk.
▪ This is not just a smarmy pep talk but an unflinching discussion of real angst and a real adjustment process.
▪ If ever there was a time for a spirited pep talk, this is it.
▪ His pep talk had obviously worked the night before.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ His exercise routine keeps him full of pep.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A pep talk was all it took.
▪ I wondered what they said in there, what pep talks were handed out.
▪ In Harrogate I was to meet my editor for a pep talk.
▪ Rubin himself appeared on stage for a pep talk, a short and stocky 40ish fellow in business blues.
▪ Since I am not a person whose anxiety diminishes at the prospect of certain failure, I gave myself a pep talk.
▪ The metro editor sent me to cover a soccer team pep rally at Columbia University.
▪ This is not just a smarmy pep talk but an unflinching discussion of real angst and a real adjustment process.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
pep

"vigor, energy," 1912, shortened form of pepper (n.), which was used in the figurative sense of "spirit, energy" from at least 1847. Pep rally is attested from 1945; pep talk from 1926. To pep (something) up is from 1925.

Wiktionary
pep

n. energy, high spirits. vb. To inject with energy and enthusiasm.

WordNet
pep
  1. n. liveliness and energy; "this tonic is guaranteed to give you more pep" [syn: peppiness, ginger]

  2. [also: pepping, pepped]

Wikipedia
Pep

Pep is energy or high spirits; it may refer to:

  • Pep band, an ensemble of instrumentalists
  • Pep, a slang term for amphetamine
  • Pep, the dog in Putt-Putt (series) (children's adventure games)
  • "Pep", the defunct in-house journal for the Newspaper Enterprise Association
  • Neilson's 'Pep'-brand mint-chocolate pattie
  • Pep, New Mexico
  • Pep, Texas
  • Pep Cereal, a whole-wheat cereal once produced by the Kellogg Company
  • Pep Comics, a comic published by MLJ Comics (later Archie Comics)
  • Pep (store), a large retail chain based in South Africa
  • Pep talk, motivational lecture
  • Pep Guardiola, a coach for many top football clubs
Pep (store)

Pep is a multinational retail company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 1965, Pep operated in 11 countries in Southern Africa with the opening of an outlet in Lobito, Angola in November 2008. As of November 2009, the company reported over 1400 stores in operation, with total employment equaling 14,000 employees. It also owns and runs the largest clothing factory in southern Africa, where it manufactures much of its clothing.

Pep's target market is the mass lower to middle income end of the market. As such it seeks to sell low cost clothes and is the largest single-brand retailer in South Africa. Pep is a subsidiary of Pepkor.

Usage examples of "pep".

Coach Van Dermit, who, obviously uncomfortable with the dramatics of the pep rally, quickly presented all the members of the team.

When she danced, at dances, it was with other cheerleaders and twirlers and Pep Squad Terrierettes, because no male had the grit or spit to ask her.

Preening and pruning himself effulgendy and strutting vaingloriously about the platform as he picked up momentum, he gave the men the colors of the day again and shifted nimbly into a rousing pep talk on the importance of the bridge at Avignon to the war effort and the obligation of each man on the mission to place love of country above love of life.

Uh, not to be a buttinsky, but could we get back to the pep talky thing?

I was working on a Metrification pep talk I had to give at the National Bureau of Weights and Standards when the door opened and Feels walked in.

For another, she associated it with the large meetings in which the paralegal administrator would gather her flock and give them all a rah-rah pep talk, which amounted to a plea not to quit just because the raises this year were going to be only 5 percent.

Kimi, filled her water bowl, and, as she drank, delivered a rousing preshow pep talk.

Or mutant pep tides present only under pathological behavioral conditions, such as the tripeptide found in .

Neat little picture: man lighting cigarette, throws match absentmindedly in tub of pep instead of waste basket, panics, spills the stuff, steps wildly back from flames, trips over stove and knocks himself out.

After bouncing around the Midwest he had settled in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he worked doing brake jobs for Pep Boys.

Migeon, picked it up, while Carnegie concluded his pep talk to the assembled officers.

Three or four spot checks were taken at every meeting, mainly to deter trainers of doubtful reputation from pepping up or slowing down their horses with drugs.

The deal with Emily was that they would call when Amanda got her period and drop by within a day or two for the medication, instructions on when to take it, and a pep talk.

The cheerleaders bounced about like irregular ping-pong balls, shaking their pompoms among other things and arousing the pep squad to frenzied squeals.

Boston University's tennis team, needless to say, had neither cheerleaders nor baton-twirling Pep Squads, which were reserved for major and large-crowd sports.