backstop

noun
back·​stop | \ ˈbak-ˌstäp How to pronounce backstop (audio) \
plural backstops

Definition of backstop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something at the back serving as a stop: such as
a : a screen or fence for keeping a ball from leaving the field of play
b : a stop (such as a pawl) that prevents a backward movement (as of a wheel)
2 : a player (such as the catcher) positioned behind the batter
3 : something or someone that provides dependable support or protection against failure or loss As the cold war heated up, Hoover became the country's backstop against subversion.— David M. Oshinsky

backstop

verb
backstopped; backstopping; backstops

Definition of backstop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

2 : to serve as a backstop to
3 : to play the position of goalkeeper for backstop a hockey team

Synonyms & Antonyms for backstop

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of backstop in a Sentence

Noun The pitch got past the catcher and rolled all the way to the backstop. kept some gold as a backstop in case the value of the local currency collapsed Verb the Nobel-winning geneticist was of course backstopped in his research by a team of highly talented assistants
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the process continues, Marcus said, state officials have a vital role to play as a backstop, using their authority to step in when local agencies fail. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2021 The Cardinals backstop has been on the list consecutively dating back to 2015. Maury Brown, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Without great effort by the catcher, two of those pitches sail off the backstop. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, 30 June 2020 City and state legislators have agreed to serve as the financial backstop to the 2028 Games, pledging taxpayer dollars to pay for any cost overruns. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 The legislation also includes provisions intended to create a backstop in case states chose not to participate in the program. Yeganeh Torbati And Jeff Stein, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Nov. 2021 If the veteran backstop can cut his strikeout totals and put the ball in play more often, his season should be considered a success. Joe Noga, cleveland, 29 Nov. 2021 The legislation also includes provisions intended to create a backstop in case states chose not to participate in the program. Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2021 So far, none have offered the financial backstop that Western donors provided to the former government. New York Times, 27 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In March, Congress gave the Treasury Department $454 billion to backstop aggressive new lending efforts by the Federal Reserve to distressed businesses and state and local governments. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2020 Earlier this year, the department announced similar efforts to reduce the costs of both clean hydrogen fuels and advanced batteries that can backstop wind and solar power. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Earlier this year, the department announced similar efforts to reduce the costs of both clean hydrogen fuels and advanced batteries that can backstop wind and solar power. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2021 In the last decade Germany amplified that bias by resisting joint efforts to bail out Greece, backstop the region’s banks or borrow via Eurobonds to support the region’s growth. Greg Ip, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 In that episode, the federal government showed little inclination to backstop state finances. New York Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Eager for the president to push his economic agenda, many aides see expanding booster access as a way to backstop progress against the highly transmissible delta variant. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 Hedge funds became bigger players in Europe’s sovereign-bond market after the ECB last year put forward a program to buy as much as €1.85 trillion of debt to backstop credit markets and have stepped up their activity in 2021. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 10 May 2021 The 2014 Vezina Trophy winner as the league’s top goaltender is looking to backstop the Bruins to a third Cup final in six years. Stephen Whyno, courant.com, 29 May 2021

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First Known Use of backstop

Noun

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backstop was in 1819

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22 Jan 2022

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“Backstop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backstop. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for backstop

backstop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of backstop

: a fence or screen that is placed behind the catcher to prevent the ball from rolling away
: something that is kept so that it can be used if it is needed

backstop

noun
back·​stop | \ ˈbak-ˌstäp How to pronounce backstop (audio) \

Kids Definition of backstop

: a fence behind the catcher to keep a baseball from rolling away

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