how to pronounce backstop


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backstop is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of backstop in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… or backstop at this juncture is it not …”

meanings of backstop


  1. A thing or a person put in the rear or in the back of something to reinforce, hold, support.
  2. Something serving to bolster or support a cover story etc.
  3. The longstop.
  4. The player who stands immediately behind the striking base.
  5. The wicket-keeper.
  6. A catcher; the position of catcher.
  7. A default arrangement that holds if all else fails.
  8. A wall or fence behind home plate.


  1. To serve as backstop for.
  2. To bolster, support.


  1. A proposed seamless border between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the event of Brexit.

backstop frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word backstop occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics backstop can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that backstop can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) transport and travel;

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