Definition of repechage
: a trial heat (as in rowing) in which first-round losers are given another chance to qualify for the semifinals
Origin and Etymology 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: 1899
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