a wall, wire screen, or the like, serving to prevent a ball from going too far beyond the normal playing area.
Baseball. the catcher.
a person or thing that serves as a support, safeguard, or reinforcement:
There were technicians on board as backstops to the automated controls.
to act as a backstop.
to act as a backstop to:
The government agreed to backstop companies that invested in oil exploration.
(sport) a screen or fence to prevent balls leaving the playing area
a block or catch to prevent excessive backward movement, such as one on the sliding seat of a rowing boat
verb (transitive) -stops, -stopping, -stopped
(US) to provide with backing or support
1819, in cricket, from back (adj.) + stop. In U.S. baseball, from 1889, “fence behind the catcher;” figurative extension to “catcher on a baseball team” is from 1890. The verb is attested from 1956 in the sense of “support.” Related: Backstopped; backstopping.
taking place in secrecy and often illegally: back-street political maneuvering; back-street drug dealing. Contemporary Examples backstreet Boys, we never were as close with, just because we never had the opportunity or situation to become close. 98 Degrees’ Drew Lachey on the Band’s Comeback, ‘Microphone’ & More Kevin Fallon May 5, 2013 The backstreet Boys reunited […]
a person who swims the backstroke, especially a member of a competitive swimming team who specializes in the backstroke.
to answer back. n. also back-talk, “impertinent retort,” 1858, originally often used in literary attempts at low Irish idiom, from back (adj.) + talk (n.).
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