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Synonyms for backstop

(baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher

(baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field

a precaution in case of an emergency

act as a backstop

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2 Part 2 Maintenance, Service of Basketball Backstops The Contractor will provide all labor, materials, etc.
The backstop agreement means we have a fully committed $50 million arrangement to repay at maturity the convertible debenture principal outstanding.
Cyrus and Mudrick also held US$39,883,621 and US$54,455,123 aggregate principal amount of Existing Notes as at November 24, 2014, respectively, and intend to subscribe for their respective pro-rata share of Offered Notes in the Offering and backstop the purchase of Offered Notes that are not purchased by other holders of Existing Notes in the Offering.
Brown expects that pricing will increase and the availability of terrorism coverage will decrease if the backstop expires.
The Commission has proposed that the Balance of Payments Mechanism include a bank recapitalisation instrument for the same reason that one is available for euro area countries under the ESM: to provide a credible public backstop at the European level capable of reassuring supervisors and market participants that financial stability will be assured," Simon O'Connor, a spokesman for the commission, said by e-mail.
Yet, he also said that another public backstop might be needed if cash strapped governments could not plug gaps identified in banks' balance sheets.
A better way to stop BBs is to provide a backstop that has some give--like a piece of wall-to-wall carpet.
The group is thought to have agreed to set up a pounds 1bn backstop fund to meet the Financial Services Authority's (FSA) concerns about the adequacy of its capital reserves, following the acquisition of AIA.
The Booster Club would like to thank Allan Cosimini, Gene Curley, Kevin O'Brien, Mike Cashin, and Steve Barakian for their efforts to install a new backstop at the softball field, and Joe Gill for donating the fencing for the sides of the backstop.
After buying its first Baykal press brake with 2 axis CNC backstop from Press & Shear Machinery in 2004, Fareham-based Searle Manufacturing immediately noticed increased productivity compared with using air older NC machine oil which the backstop was adjusted by hand.
The proposed creation of a federal natural catastrophe backstop would be "detrimental" to the industry and encourage continued development in risk-prone areas, according to a recent Best's Review survey of online subscribers and visitors to the magazine's Web site.
Such insurance became prohibitively expensive after 9/11 until the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act was passed in 2002, which provided insurers with a $100 billion government backstop that would buffer them from financial ruin in the event of a large payout.
There's a nice backstop that will hold your ball up.
467, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension Act of 2005 into law, extending the federal insurance backstop program through 2007.