backstop
I. noun Date: 1851 1. something at the back serving as a stop: as a. a screen or fence for keeping a ball from leaving the field of play b. a stop (as a pawl) that prevents a backward movement (as of a wheel) 2. a player (as the catcher) positioned behind the batter II. transitive verb Date: 1941 1. support, bolster 2. to serve as a backstop to 3. to play the position of goalkeeper for <
backstop a hockey team
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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