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repo1

[ree-poh]
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noun, plural re·pos.
  1. a repurchase agreement.

Origin of repo1

First recorded in 1960–65; rep(urchase) + -o

repo2

[ree-poh]
noun, plural re·pos. Informal.
  1. repossessed property, especially a government-financed dwelling repossessed by the government and offered for resale.

Origin of repo2

by shortening of repossess; see -o
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  • Where was you an' yore unknown pal goin' to repo't back to Plimsoll?

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn


British Dictionary definitions for repo

repo

noun informal
  1. repurchase agreement
    1. repossession of property
    2. (as modifier)a repo car
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Word Origin and History for repo

adj.

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

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