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English definition of “backstop”

backstop

noun [C] (FENCE)    /ˈbæk.stɒp/ US  /-stɑːp/
(in baseball) a high fence behind the player hitting the ball, that prevents balls from leaving the playing area if they are not hit or caughtBaseball and roundersGeneral terms used in ball sports
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