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po-po Syllabification: po-po
Pronunciation: /ˈpōpō/

Definition of po-po in English:


(the po-po or the po-pos) US informal
The police: he had no idea the po-po had been following him
More example sentences
  • And anyhow, Ms. Albert said, the police were on their tail. Or more precisely, the ‘po-po’, as she called them.
  • Shopping for bling, getting hassled by the po-po, savouring a new flavour of crisps—just another day in the life of the London geezer whose ubran-realist rapping has made him one of pop music's most original voices.
  • The po-po ain't here by now, they ain't coming.


1990s: reduplicated abbreviation of police.

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