repechage

noun
re·​pe·​chage | \ ˌre-pə-ˈshäzh How to pronounce repechage (audio) , ˈre-pə-ˌshäzh\

Definition of repechage

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

First Known Use of repechage

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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