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repechage

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noun re·pe·chage \ˌre-pə-ˈshäzh, ˈre-pə-ˌ\

Definition of repechage

  1. :  a trial heat (as in rowing) in which first-round losers are given another chance to qualify for the semifinals



Origin of repechage

French repêchage second chance, reexamination for a candidate who has failed, from repêcher to fish out, rescue, from re- + pêcher to fish, from Latin piscari — more at piscatory


First Known Use: 1928


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