One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural composmass noun
1A material made up of a mixture of different substances.
- ‘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.’
- ‘They mixed compo made from asbestos powder in a bucket.’
- ‘This monopoly was naturally challenged and within a few years evaded by the development of a different recipe for compo.’
2British Military rations consisting of a supply of tinned food designed to last a specified number of days and carried in a pack.
- ‘Spelga Dam held very good trout - a welcome addition to compo rations - and a local farmer let me dig little red brandling worms out of his dunghill to bait my hooks.’
- ‘In the end the Company Commander and the Company Sergeant Major managed to obtain a box of compo rations after a certain amount of argument with the supply depot, who said the Battalion held such things for emergencies!’
- ‘It seemed a wonderful opportunity to travel so far at the Army's expense and camp out for a week during the Easter holidays living on compo rations.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The slick staffers of the Green Zone were reduced to half rations and had to eat compo rations because the MSRs were shut.’
- ‘It was thought that the isolated location of the latrines possibly helped to keep cases of constipation to a minimum what with us being on 100% compo rations.’
- ‘I virtually went native for much of the time, eating entirely the Indian food that was supplied and not the compo rations.’
- ‘The team also lived in the field, under bashas and feeding off compo rations, whilst some of the CCF teams ‘enjoyed’ rather more salubrious conditions.’
- ‘A few boxes of compo rations had been opened and some of the contents removed.’
- ‘Are we talking about KitKats on top of compo rations, as they used to be called in my day in the Army, or are we talking about helping out the widow of a former distinguished member of a unit?’
Early 19th century: abbreviation of composite.
nounPlural composmass nounAustralian, NZ
A payment or series of payments made under a workers' compensation scheme.‘he claimed he'd injured his back and got compo for it’
- ‘The South Coast Labor Couincil turned their Easter Monday race meet into a workers compo protest.’
- ‘There is one voice that is never heard whenever the debate on compo culture surfaces: that of the victim.’
- ‘He got in with a legal firm specializing in compo claims.’
- ‘State legislation is shamefully coy when it comes to compo.’
- ‘These responses will then be placed on the LaborNet compo page.’
- ‘Shareholders who did attend were denied explanations from leaders most closely involved with the compo controversy.’
- ‘The Department of Justice announced plans last week to clamp down on the compo culture and a spokesperson confirmed these recommendations will be studied with a view to adopting them.’
- ‘I don't feel proud going on sick leave, using workers compo but I have got to look after my health.’
- ‘He cited a range of spurious claims, suggesting that a compo culture has seeped into all sectors of Irish society.’
- ‘Meanwhile, America's compo culture has hit new peaks with a ruling from the Alaska supreme court.’
- ‘We have been down the road of hope before in relation to tackling the compo culture in this country.’
- ‘Some of the compo cases are pretty clear examples, with exaggerated claims for loss due to stress and trauma.’
- ‘The establishment of the board is a key part of Government plans to curb the compo culture and cut insurance costs.’
- ‘For example, the workers compo campaign has been very much a web-based campaign.’
- ‘And who is feeding and promoting the compo culture except ourselves and our government and the redress boards?’
- ‘My traumatic condition has only come to light in very recent times, since I heard about those prisoners claiming compo.’
- ‘It was the time when the compo awarded to five prisoners was exercising the nation.’
- ‘They drink, they gamble, they fight, and they claim compo.’
- ‘So maybe the next time we have a storm, I can look forward to being injured or killed - perhaps then the family will get a good compo.’
- ‘In this day and age, with compo claims at a premium and high insurance costs, no chances could be taken.’
informal Receiving money under a workers' compensation scheme.‘she'll be out on compo for the rest of the school year’
- ‘For several months that summer, it was Ferguson who was on compo.’
- ‘That's another few million on compo due to traumatic stress.’
- ‘Despite medical certificates requesting other duties, disabled workers were put on compo or forced to grin and bear it.’
- ‘It would appear the employers are not attending appointments with employees for a common cold but for a workplace injury where a person would be off on compo or disability pension.’
- ‘He gave her such a verbal beating, if it had been physical she would have been on compo for months.’
1940s: abbreviation of compensation.
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