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Backstop   Listen
noun
Backstop  n.  
1.
In baseball, a fence, prop. at least 90 feet behind the home base, to stop the balls that pass the catcher; also, the catcher himself.
2.
In rounders, the player who stands immediately behind the striking base.
3.
In cricket, the longstop; also, the wicket keeper.






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"Backstop" Quotes from Famous Books



... the Territorial capital, Elise Layton, nee Lebrun, was held without bail because it couldn't be had, charged with obtaining money under false pretenses, bigamy as a side issue, and arson as a possible backstop. The sleep-walking theory, as advanced in favor of Mrs. Plume, had been reluctantly abandoned, it appearing that, however dazed and "doped" she may have been through the treatment of that deft-fingered, unscrupulous ...
— An Apache Princess - A Tale of the Indian Frontier • Charles King

... Its high-frequency scream rose deafeningly above us and was torn away in unsteady gusts. He began to turn its center dial, at first a quarter circle, and then all the way to the final backstop of the calibration. All that resulted was a continuation of that mournful ululation like a wail ...
— The Long Voyage • Carl Richard Jacobi

... miserable. Everyone else had gone out but Meg, who was still in bed after her fainting fit, and he had been having a lonely game of cricket down in the paddock by himself. But even with a brand-new cricket ball this game palls after a time when one has to bowl and bat and backstop in solitary state. So presently he put his bat over into the garden, and began to throw the ball about in an aimless fashion, while he cogitated on what he should do next. His father's hack was standing away at the farther end of the ...
— Seven Little Australians • Ethel Sybil Turner



Words linked to "Backstop" :   softball game, baseball, fence, guard, fencing, infielder, safeguard, play, baseball game



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