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back•stop



Pronunciation: (bak'stop"), [key]
n., v., -stopped, -stop•ping.


n.
1. a wall, wire screen, or the like, serving to prevent a ball from going too far beyond the normal playing area.
2. Baseball.the catcher.
3. a person or thing that serves as a support, safeguard, or reinforcement: There were technicians on board as backstops to the automated controls.

v.i.
to act as a backstop.

v.t.
to act as a backstop to: The government agreed to backstop companies that invested in oil exploration.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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