repechage

[ rep-uh-shahzh ]
/ ˌrɛp əˈʃɑʒ /

noun

(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.

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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 piscisfish) + -age-age
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British Dictionary definitions for repechage

repechage
/ (ˌrɛpɪˈʃɑːʒ) /

noun

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 for repechage

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