repo

1
[ree-poh]

Origin of repo

1
First recorded in 1960–65; rep(urchase) + -o

repo

2
[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 repo

2
by shortening of repossess; see -o
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Examples from the Web for repo

Contemporary Examples of repo

  • And a repo will trash your undoubtedly sterling credit record.

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    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.

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    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.

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    My Day With Paris

    Tom Tapp

    November 4, 2008

Historical Examples of repo

  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper