how to pronounce backstop


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“… 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.