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repo1

[ree-poh] /ˈri poʊ/
noun, plural repos.
Origin of repo1
1960-1965
1960-65; rep(urchase) + -o

repo2

[ree-poh] /ˈri poʊ/
noun, plural repos. Informal.
1.
repossessed property, especially a government-financed dwelling repossessed by the government and offered for resale.
Origin
by shortening of repossess; see -o
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Examples from the Web for repo
Contemporary Examples
  • 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 3, 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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  • And a repo will trash your undoubtedly sterling credit record.

    Ask the Blogger Megan McArdle December 2, 2012
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

repo

/ˈriːpəʊ/
noun (informal)
1.
repurchase agreement
2.
  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
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Slang definitions & phrases for repo

repo

noun

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

verb

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

repo 2

noun

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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Related Abbreviations for repo

repo

1.
repossessed merchandise or property
2.
repossession of merchandise or property
3.
repurchase agreement
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