repechage


re·pe·chage

noun \ˌre-pə-ˈshäzh, ˈre-pə-ˌ\

Definition of REPECHAGE

:  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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