a person who supports or aids a person, cause, enterprise, etc.
a person who bets on a competitor in a race or contest.
canvas or other material used for backing.

1535–45; back1 + -er1

1. supporter, sponsor, guarantor; aide, helper. Unabridged
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backer (ˈbækə)
1.  a person who gives financial or other support
2.  a person who bets on a competitor or contestant

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Example sentences
He had many helpers, but he was the indispensable backer and accomplisher.
Where backer unit joins shower pans or waterproofing, lap backer unit over turned up waterproof system.
Perhaps the call-backer is a friend or bare acquaintance.
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