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backer

[bak-er] /ˈbæk ər/
noun
1.
a person who supports or aids a person, cause, enterprise, etc.
2.
a person who bets on a competitor in a race or contest.
3.
canvas or other material used for backing.
Origin of backer
1535-1545
1535-45; back1 + -er1
Synonyms
1. supporter, sponsor, guarantor; aide, helper.
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  • Ford drew a breath of relief and shook hands with his backer.

    Empire Builders Francis Lynde
  • "That's what the Public are up against in this game," sneered the backer of Lucretia.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • "I'll take two to one The Dutchman gets it," said a backer of that horse.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • He was fond of Szczepanik and Szczepanik's backer, Mr. Kleinburg.

  • Be my backer in this enterprise and let the future wipe out the mistakes of the past.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for backer

backer

/ˈbækə/
noun
1.
a person who gives financial or other support
2.
a person who bets on a competitor or contestant
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Word Origin and History for backer
n.

"supporter," 1580s, agent noun from back (v.).

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