plural do-overs
: a new attempt or opportunity to do something after a previous attempt has been unsuccessful or unsatisfactory
Art, unlike life, permits do-overs: the illusion that one can get things right with craft and persistence.Kahn Man
As for his pitch, Keaton's first try was in the dirt. He requested a do-over and fired one right down the middle.Steve Rushin

Examples of do-over in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of do-over was in 1912

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“Do-over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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