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back·stop

 (băk′stŏp′)
n.
1. Baseball
a. A screen or fence used to prevent the ball from being thrown or hit far behind or to the sides of home plate.
b. A catcher.
2. Something that supports or bolsters.
tr.v. back·stopped, back·stop·ping, back·stops
1. To serve as a backstop for.
2.
a. To support or bolster: "The firm lacks a topflight strategic-consulting arm to backstop its technology gurus" (Alex Beam).
b. To substitute for (another) in an emergency.
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backstop

(ˈbækˌstɒp)
n
1. (Ball Games, other than specified) sport a screen or fence to prevent balls leaving the playing area
2. (Rowing) a block or catch to prevent excessive backward movement, such as one on the sliding seat of a rowing boat
vb (tr) , -stops, -stopping or -stopped
US to provide with backing or support
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back•stop

(ˈbækˌstɒp)

n., v. -stopped, -stop•ping. n.
1. a wall, wire screen, or the like, serving to prevent a ball from going beyond the normal playing area.
2. any support, safeguard, or reinforcement.
v.t.
3. to act as a backstop to.
[1810–20]
back′stop`per, n.
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backstop


Past participle: backstopped
Gerund: backstopping

Imperative
backstop
backstop
Present
I backstop
you backstop
he/she/it backstops
we backstop
you backstop
they backstop
Preterite
I backstopped
you backstopped
he/she/it backstopped
we backstopped
you backstopped
they backstopped
Present Continuous
I am backstopping
you are backstopping
he/she/it is backstopping
we are backstopping
you are backstopping
they are backstopping
Present Perfect
I have backstopped
you have backstopped
he/she/it has backstopped
we have backstopped
you have backstopped
they have backstopped
Past Continuous
I was backstopping
you were backstopping
he/she/it was backstopping
we were backstopping
you were backstopping
they were backstopping
Past Perfect
I had backstopped
you had backstopped
he/she/it had backstopped
we had backstopped
you had backstopped
they had backstopped
Future
I will backstop
you will backstop
he/she/it will backstop
we will backstop
you will backstop
they will backstop
Future Perfect
I will have backstopped
you will have backstopped
he/she/it will have backstopped
we will have backstopped
you will have backstopped
they will have backstopped
Future Continuous
I will be backstopping
you will be backstopping
he/she/it will be backstopping
we will be backstopping
you will be backstopping
they will be backstopping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been backstopping
you have been backstopping
he/she/it has been backstopping
we have been backstopping
you have been backstopping
they have been backstopping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been backstopping
you will have been backstopping
he/she/it will have been backstopping
we will have been backstopping
you will have been backstopping
they will have been backstopping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been backstopping
you had been backstopping
he/she/it had been backstopping
we had been backstopping
you had been backstopping
they had been backstopping
Conditional
I would backstop
you would backstop
he/she/it would backstop
we would backstop
you would backstop
they would backstop
Past Conditional
I would have backstopped
you would have backstopped
he/she/it would have backstopped
we would have backstopped
you would have backstopped
they would have backstopped
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backstop - (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcherbackstop - (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
softball game, softball - a game closely resembling baseball that is played on a smaller diamond and with a ball that is larger and softer
infielder - (baseball) a person who plays a position in the infield
2.backstop - (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing fieldbackstop - (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
fence, fencing - a barrier that serves to enclose an area
3.backstop - a precaution in case of an emergency; "he acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong"
precaution, safeguard, guard - a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.; "he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution"; "an insurance policy is a good safeguard"; "we let our guard down"
Verb1.backstop - act as a backstopbackstop - act as a backstop      
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
play - participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
In particular, one of the documents will confirm that the EU will not use the backstop mechanism as a "trap" for the United Kingdom.
Brussels: The European Union will allow Britain to exit the bloc's single customs territory unilaterally if the two sides are forced into a "backstop" agreement on the Irish border, EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says on Twitter.
Tomlinson said the change "has got to be legally binding, so effectively treaty-level change" and that the attorney general must secure changes that altered his legal advice that the backstop could "endure indefinitely".
But he also repeated the same warning that the withdrawal agreement, and the backstop clause designed to keep the Irish border open if no future trade deal is agreed, will not be changed.She knows that the commission is not prepared to reopen the issue," Juncker said, after talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who also insisted on the need for the backstop.
The PM will insist the UK will not be "trapped" in the backstop - the plan to avoid the return of Irish border checks should no UK-EU trade deal be in place.
Much of the opposition centers on a border measure known as the "backstop," a safeguard mechanism that would keep the U.K.
(TAP) - Britain is exploring alternative options to the backstop within the Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union, after parliament voted to order Prime Minister Theresa May to renegotiate the terms, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said.
Conservative MPs have been advised to come up with a plan that will serve as an (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47037365) alternative to the ticklish Irish backstop plan suggested by the European Union.
20 December 2018 - US-based cloud-based technology provider Backstop Solutions Group has executed a definitive agreement to acquire alternative investment data and indices provider BarclayHedge, the firm said.
"Without an operational backstop there will not be an accord and there will not be a transition period.