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backstop

noun back·stop \ ˈbak-ˌstäp \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of backstop

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

Examples of backstop in a Sentence

  1. The pitch got past the catcher and rolled all the way to the backstop.

  2. kept some gold as a backstop in case the value of the local currency collapsed

Recent Examples of backstop from the Web

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First Known Use of backstop

1819


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backstop

verb

Definition of backstop

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

Examples of backstop in a Sentence

  1. the Nobel-winning geneticist was of course backstopped in his research by a team of highly talented assistants

Recent Examples of backstop from the Web

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First Known Use of backstop

1865


BACKSTOP Defined for English Language Learners

backstop

noun

Definition of backstop for English Language Learners

  • baseball : 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 Defined for Kids

backstop

noun back·stop \ ˈbak-ˌstäp \

Definition of backstop for Students

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


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