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backer

[bak-er] /ˈbæk ər/
noun
1.
a person who supports or aids a person, cause, enterprise, etc.
2.
a person who bets on a competitor in a race or contest.
3.
canvas or other material used for backing.
Origin of backer
1535-1545
First recorded in 1535-45; back1 + -er1
Synonyms
1. supporter, sponsor, guarantor; aide, helper.
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backer

/ˈbækə/
noun
1.
a person who gives financial or other support
2.
a person who bets on a competitor or contestant
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Word Origin and History for backer
n.

"supporter," 1580s, agent noun from back (v.).

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