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repechage

[rep-uh-shahzh]
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noun
  1. (in cycling and rowing) a last-chance qualifying heat in which the runners-up in earlier heats race each other, with the winner advancing to the finals.

Origin of repechage

1925–30; < French repêchage second chance, equivalent to repêch(er) to fish up again (re- re- + pêcher to fish; Middle French, Old French pescher < Vulgar Latin *piscāre, Latin piscārī, derivative of piscis fish) + -age -age
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British Dictionary definitions for repechage

repechage

noun
  1. a heat of a competition, esp in rowing or fencing, in which eliminated contestants have another chance to qualify for the next round or the final

Word Origin

C19: from French repêchage literally: fishing out again, from re- + pêcher to fish + -age
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