- n (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher
- n (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field
- n a precaution in case of an emergency
he acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong
- v act as a backstop
- For instance, the Baucus bill does not at this point, at least contain Snowe's proposal for a public plan as a backstop; instead, it would create member-run co-ops as an .
- At about the same time, their father sold off the company, and with it went the cozy billets in adult life that had always served as an emotional backstop for the boys.
- I encourage it to use it this fund as creatively as possible to provide backstop for accounts across our financial system to maintain confidence on the part of savers and investors.
- Ben Bernanke in CharlotteObserver.com
That experience suggests that, at least under the most stressed conditions, some form of government backstop may be necessary to ensure continued securitization of mortgages,Bernanke said.
- Rudy Giuliani in Forbes
Senator McCain has said that he does not support a national catastrophic fund as a backstop. I do,Giuliani said. "Senator McCain believes that FEMA should handle this."
- Henry Paulson in AFP
This facility is intended to serve as an ultimate liquidity backstop,and will be available through December 2009, Paulson said.