Backstop - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbækˌstɑːp|  American pronunciation of the word backstop
Brit.  |ˈbakstɒp|  British pronunciation of the word backstop

noun

- (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher (syn: catcher)
- (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field
- a precaution in case of an emergency

verb

- act as a backstop

Examples

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

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

he acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong

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