a wall, wire screen, or the like, serving to prevent a ball from going too far beyond the normal playing area.
Baseball. the catcher.
a person or thing that serves as a support, safeguard, or reinforcement: There were technicians on board as backstops to the automated controls.
verb (used without object), backstopped, backstopping.
to act as a backstop.
verb (used with object), backstopped, backstopping.
to act as a backstop to: The government agreed to backstop companies that invested in oil exploration.

1810–20; back1 + stop

backstopper, noun Unabridged
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backstop (ˈbækˌstɒp)
1.  sport a screen or fence to prevent balls leaving the playing area
2.  a block or catch to prevent excessive backward movement, such as one on the sliding seat of a rowing boat
vb , -stops, -stopping, -stopped
3.  (US) to provide with backing or support

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Word Origin & History

1819, in cricket, from back + stop. In U.S. baseball, from 1889; fig. extension to "catcher on a baseball team" is from 1890. The verb is attested from 1956 in the sense of "support."
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Example sentences
And last week he unveiled a plan to backstop consumer debt.
Panic only subsided when the government stepped in to backstop the industry.
The backstop wall later showed scars from more than a hundred bullets.
He's likely to receive a spring training invite in order to serve as an extra
  backstop in camp.
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