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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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A MAN who shouted "Up the Provos" and assaulted two police officers has been fined PS800.
The inquiry is being led by top Belfast Provos Eddie "Bubbles" Copeland and Brian "The Gilly" Gillen.
Niels Provos from Google's security team said in a blog post that the Internet company finds nearly 9,500 new malicious websites every day, which includes sites that have been victims of cyber attacks or the ones that have been specially developed to spread malware or for phishing.
He is survived by his wife, Paula (Chandler) Valencia of Duxbury; daughter, Carolyn Valencia of Duxbury; stepchildren, Annelle Martell and her husband, Richard Martell, of Clarksville, Tenn., Sara Provos and her husband, Alex Provos, of Weymouth and Robert Evans of Hyannis; his mother, Velma B.
The revelation will come as a huge embarrassment to the army, which is headed by Chief of Staff Lt Gen Jim Sreenan and Irish Defence Minister Willie O'Dea, and government, who have said there will be no hiding place for the Provos and their illegal money-making activities.
Mr Adams briefed his party's ruling council in Dublin on this week's decommissioning by the IRA, while Mr Paisley met the two clergymen who witnessed the Provos put their arms beyond use.
Tension has been mounting recently between the Provos and the hardliners of the Real IRA and Continuity IRA - who oppose the mainstream republicans' involvement in the peace process.
The reports, thought to come from government intelligence sources, said the Provos were planning to hand over most of their weapons and declare an end to violence.
Stegdetect and Stegbreak, developed by Niels Provos (free source code available at, for example, allow you to detect the technology in images and launch a dictionary attack, respectively.
The review of known Provos, carried out simultaneously with the British assessment, said they were in it for personal gain, they work together and often use their reputations and old terror tactics.
THE PROVOS are behind a massive money counterfeiting scam involving the NEW Northern Bank notes, The People can reveal.
The terrified Provos called the Police Service of Northern Ireland after the youngster shot at them with a handgun.