Definition of backer in US English:



  • 1A person, institution, or country that supports someone or something, especially financially.

    ‘$3.3 million was provided by the project's backers’
    • ‘The organizations are enthusiastic backers of his cause.’
    • ‘But Giuliani has the charisma, the finances and the backers within the Republican party.’
    • ‘On the supporting card favourite backers must have thought all their birthdays had come together.’
    • ‘While expanding a project's scope may seem like a good way to spend that extra money or attract additional backers, if you do not plan it out correctly, it can be a bad thing for your project.’
    • ‘Which major backer would financially support a party that had no chance whatsoever of gaining political power?’
    • ‘His company attracted high-profile backers.’
    • ‘Her firm support for the tracking program has divided some of her most ardent backers.’
    • ‘Kenneth Lay, Enron's chairman, has acted as George W. Bush's chief financial supporter and key backer since the latter went into politics.’
    • ‘"There's certainly no shame in admitting that though, and we believe that rather than posting updates under the pretence that we might hit our target, it's much better to be honest and upfront with you, our backers."’
    • ‘The wealth of foreign owners has fueled title success, but for other clubs finding wealthy backers has proved a mixed blessing.’
    • ‘There's a lesson to be learned: there's a chance that you are going to back a project that could fail or not deliver what it promises to backers.’
    • ‘Cancer drugs typically take six to eight years to be approved, which makes it vital to have supportive long-term backers.’
    • ‘Shipping overseas significantly increases the amount a backer must pledge - but often, that heightened dollar figure means more money goes toward shipping and less toward supporting the entrepreneur.’
    • ‘The film-makers are seeking American backers to finance the project.’
    • ‘They are one of a number of clubs who benefit from a wealthy backer and this is probably one of the reasons why they have been given relatively low promotion odds.’
    • ‘The entertainment company announced that crowd-funding backers of its upcoming game can grab a code right now and try the game out before everyone else.’
    • ‘While contributions are technically considered donations, backers are rewarded with everything from free digital downloads to dinner with the directors.’
    • ‘The president and his backers insist that the opposition's relentless protests calling for reform have hurt the economy and have made implementing changes impossible.’
    • ‘John Kerry has acquired a financial backer likely to provide him with more problems than support in his battle for the White House: the Kosovo Liberation Army.’
    • ‘This has always been an unlikely, one-time shot by Dr Brash and his supporters and backers.’
    sponsor, investor, subsidizer, underwriter, promoter, financier, patron, benefactor, benefactress, guarantor, supporter, friend
    supporter, upholder, champion, defender, advocate, promoter, proponent, protagonist
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    1. 1.1 A person who bets on a horse.
      • ‘In this way, the backer enters into the traditional role of the gambler and the lawyer enters into the traditional role of the bookmaker.’
      • ‘Ante-post backers with the traditional High Street bookmakers were hit by the withdrawals of several horses with big chances.’
      • ‘This philosophy has not only made Dunstone popular with punters, it has made his early backers very rich.’
      staker, speculator, risk-taker, better
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