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po-po(8)

clipping noun
A common term for the police. It is usually used as a joke or insult to the police, especially when being pursued or participating in an illegal activity. The term po-po essentially strips the concept of the police of respect and authority by giving it a more “immature” name.
 
Oh, no! The po-po are coming to arrest your friend!
Etymology : Clipping of the word “police”. The repetition of the “po” must have been added for recreational purposes or to lessen the ambiguity of the lone term “po”.
Source : 2010, stranger walking back to car, worried about getting a ticket.
Last modified: 9 December 2010


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