His role on the team is to be a backup to the regular quarterback.
We have an extra radio as a backup in case this one doesn't work.
We have an extra radio for backup.
He provides backup for the regular quarterback.
She sang backup on his CD.
Recent Examples on the Web
After losing the starting job to Ethan Garbers before the season, then winning it after one game, then losing it again amid three consecutive games with a pick-six, Moore ended the season as Garbers’ backup.—Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 Which is lucky, because there is only one of him, no backup.—Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Since then, starting quarterback Deshaun Watson has undergone season-ending shoulder surgery, backup P.J. Walker has struggled, and rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson is currently in concussion protocol.—Jim Ingraham, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Last week, shortly before the crucial Black Friday shopping day, the mall’s management scrambled to fix sewer backups that were causing raw sewage to seep onto the sidewalk near the main entrance.—Kate King, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2023 Three backups — defensive end Wyatt Draeger, linebacker Vai Kaho and safety Deshawn McCuin — will also be honored, which means the Aztecs are losing 13 of the 44 players on their two-deep roster.—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2023 Android is supposed to have a data backup system for apps, but because that doesn't work well and isn't forced on every app, many users have no backups at all.—Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 7 Nov. 2023 Several at the fest predicted a major wave of productions now going into gear, fueled by the backup in shooting caused by the strike.—Will Tizard, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 Advertisement Rams Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford gives thumbs up on injury, new backup Carson Wentz
Nov. 16, 2023
Former backup Brett Rypien relieved Stafford against the Cowboys and started in his place against the Packers.—Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023
Israel has dropped leaflets in Gaza warning Palestinians that the truce is only temporary and not to move back up north.—Anna Schecter, NBC News, 24 Nov. 2023 Act fast to score these early Black Friday deals before prices shoot back up.—Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 With the industry beginning to power back up now that the writers’ and actors’ strikes have ended, Hawley confirmed plans to resume production in 2024.—Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 But the team had a back up to the backup plan; one that had never been attempted.—Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2023 Beijing is now struggling to reverse the trend and get fertility rates back up again.—Lionel Lim, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, the price of Bitcoin has been staggering back up from post-FTX fallout.—WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 Unlike the more uniform bioluminescence seen in specimens taken onto ships, the light was shining from the sea cucumber’s head to tail and then back up similar to a wave.—Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 15 Nov. 2023 Another group Trump has lost, and needs to pick back up, is white suburban women.—Nathaniel Rakich, ABC News, 15 Nov. 2023 See More
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