There are 2 definitions of compo in English:

compo1

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmpəʊ
 
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noun (plural compos)

[mass noun]
1A material made up of a mixture of different substances.
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  • The compo consisted of a mixture of chalk and resins and was pressed into a carved wood mold.
  • Hard as stone and quite durable, compo soon became the material of choice for architects and designers working with restricted budgets.
  • This monopoly was naturally challenged and within a few years evaded by the development of a different recipe for compo.
2 (also compo rations) British Military rations consisting of a supply of tinned food designed to last a specified number of days and carried in a pack.
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  • The slick staffers of the Green Zone were reduced to half rations and had to eat compo rations because the MSRs were shut.
  • We were also living off compo rations - don't get me wrong, it will keep a soldier going but it is very basic and when you are waiting around for months it really isn't good enough.
  • A few boxes of compo rations had been opened and some of the contents removed.

Origin

early 19th century: abbreviation of composite.

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There are 2 definitions of compo in English:

compo2

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmpəʊ
 
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noun

[mass noun] Australian/NZ informal
Money paid to an employee as compensation for an industrial injury: he claimed he’d injured his back and got compo for it
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  • They drink, they gamble, they fight, and they claim compo.
  • State legislation is shamefully coy when it comes to compo.
  • My traumatic condition has only come to light in very recent times, since I heard about those prisoners claiming compo.

Origin

1940s: abbreviation of compensation.

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