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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BACKSTOP

Since the warning he had used the horizon as a backstop for all his shots.

Joe called out to the veteran catcher, who was acting as his backstop.

"Pete is going to be my backstop on our nine," explained Tommy Flanders.

It facilitates the game if the end of each court may be a wall or fence, and thus make sort of a backstop behind the goal.

Still, it was unusual, and the lieutenant who served as combination secretary and backstop for oratory quaked as he listened.

He gave a signal to the backstop, and then sent in an outcurve, which the batter swung at in vain.

Each time one sailed away over the backstop, it was like the pop of a safety-valve; it averted an explosion.

The backstop was built up of earth and was soft enough so that the pins would not splinter on striking it.

She was out of the cell before it hit the backstop and following me down the hall towards her brother's room.

Finally, the tenth shot smacked against the backstop and he racked his weapon and punched at the target return button.

WORD ORIGIN

1819, in cricket, from back (adj.) + stop. In U.S. baseball, from 1889, "fence behind the catcher;" figurative extension to "catcher on a baseball team" is from 1890. The verb is attested from 1956 in the sense of "support." Related: Backstopped; backstopping.

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