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Pro·vo 1

A city of north-central Utah south-southeast of Salt Lake City on the Provo River, about 65 km (40 mi) long. Settled by Mormons in 1849, it is the seat of Brigham Young University (established 1875).

Pro·vo 2

n. pl. Pro·vos
One of the members of an extremist faction of the Irish Republican Army.

[Shortening and alteration of Provisional (Wing), name of the faction.]
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Noun1.Provos - a militant organization of Irish nationalists who used terrorism and guerilla warfare in an effort to drive British forces from Northern Ireland and achieve a united independent Ireland
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Sinn Fein - an Irish republican political movement founded in 1905 to promote independence from England and unification of Ireland; became the political branch of the Irish Republican Army
Eire, Ireland, Irish Republic, Republic of Ireland - a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921
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One source said: "The Provos are completely split down the middle on this one.
He challenged the Provos to make an explicit promise they were committed to handing over guns and said the move would have a "profound effect" on peace.
CRIME bosses in London are claiming THEY masterminded the Northern Bank heist at the behest of the Provos.
Tohill, 44, who has been repeatedly threatened by Provos, was banned from west Belfast last year after the Real IRA murder of local man Danny McGurk.
Police suspect the Provos are behind the attempt to murder him.
Nine of the 15 Disappeared have so far been found after the Provos said the would co-operate with searchers.
HARDLINE Provos have agreed to decommissioning - if they can keep handguns for personal protection.
He has also been an outspoken critic of the Provos and has told journalists that his life was constantly under threat.
Hamilton joined the Provos in 1969 when two people living in Ardoyne were shot by the police.
It is, as Bertie Ahern put it, "a very serious matter" which puts the Provos, and their attitude to their supposed ceasefire, on the spot once again.
They were abducted by the Provos in 1978 after being accused of using IRA guns for a robbery
In 1973 a ship had been seized off Ireland with Libyan arms meant for the Provos.