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[ree-poh] /ˈri poʊ/
noun, plural repos.
Origin of repo1
First recorded in 1960-65; rep(urchase) + -o


[ree-poh] /ˈri poʊ/
noun, plural repos. Informal.
repossessed property, especially a government-financed dwelling repossessed by the government and offered for resale.
by shortening of repossess; see -o Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And a repo will trash your undoubtedly sterling credit record.

    Ask the Blogger Megan McArdle December 3, 2012
  • Having seen repo, one wonders if she should reconsider, especially when the rumors are more interesting than reality.

    My Day With Paris Tom Tapp November 4, 2008
  • A futuristic Goth musical, repo is set in a time when the human race is afflicted by a plague of organ failures.

    My Day With Paris Tom Tapp November 4, 2008
Historical Examples
  • Where was you an' yore unknown pal goin' to repo't back to Plimsoll?

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for repo


noun (informal)
repurchase agreement
  1. repossession of property
  2. (as modifier): a repo car
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for repo

by 1972 (in repo man), American English, short for repossess or repossession.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for repo



A car repossessed for nonpayment of installments (1970s+)


: when the best times are to repo or rip off cars

repo 2


A type of investment: investments known as retail repurchase agreements, or repos for short (1963+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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