Backstop - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- (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
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