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EtymologyEdit

By abbreviation of opposite number (for the first sense) and opponent/opposition (for the second).

NounEdit

oppo (plural oppos)

  1. (Britain, slang) A friend, associate or colleague. [from 20th c.]
    • 2016, Alan Moore, Jerusalem, Liveright 2016, p. 53:
      “It's all right, chaps, the decorator's come. This 'ere is me old ’oppo Ginger Vernall.”
  2. (US, politics, informal) Research into one's opponent's family, friends, and past, which aims to uncover activities or interests which embarrass or discredit them (short for oppo research).
  3. (US, politics, informal) Opponent or opposition; only used in oppo research.

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