Definition of repêchage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛpəʃɑːʒ/


(In rowing and other sports) a contest in which the best-placed of those who failed to win heats compete for a place in the final.
Example sentences
  • In fact at the Sydney Olympics they were out after the repêchage.
  • Other competitors with the best times may also qualify for the next round indirectly as "fastest losers" as a result of the repêchage.
  • During the 2007 Rugby World Cup qualification, there were two repêchage positions available for the finals tournament.


Early 20th century: French, from repêcher 'fish out, rescue'.

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