verb (used without object), back·stopped, back·stop·ping.
verb (used with object), back·stopped, back·stop·ping.
Examples from the Web for backstop
On the other, you risk ballooning one into the backstop in front of 50,000 people.Viral Video of the Day: Chrissy Teigen's Drunken Dodger Pitch|Jack Holmes|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After the corporate split, the paper will no longer have blockbuster movies to backstop it.New York Post Looks Thinner After News Corporation Split|David Freedlander|July 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It could serve as a backstop for Mitt, bringing him over the top at the last possible moment.The GOP’s Chaotic Primary Calendar Makes Early Nomination Clinch Tough|John Avlon|February 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And Perry thinks TARP was a total mistake—along with all subsequent efforts to backstop or stimulate the economy.
Finally, the tenth shot smacked against the backstop and he racked his weapon and punched at the target return button.The Best Made Plans|Everett B. Cole
Since the warning he had used the horizon as a backstop for all his shots.Frank of Freedom Hill|Samuel A. Derieux
"Pete is going to be my backstop on our nine," explained Tommy Flanders.The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck|Edward Stratemeyer
The tennis men had a backstop ten feet high and an imaginary court where they practiced what strokes they could.Bert Wilson, Marathon Winner|J. W. Duffield
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.Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium|Jessie H. Bancroft
British Dictionary definitions for backstop
verb -stops, -stopping or -stopped (tr)
Word Origin and History for backstop
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.