backer

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backer

One who supports a business or enterprise, usually financially. This guy is a billionaire, so we definitely need to secure him as a backer.
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backer

n. a supporter; a financier of a play, political campaign, etc. I was hoping for a backer, but the project was too chancy.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Now, that you've been to see me, and have consented to keep up the appearance before Wegg of remaining in it for a time, I have got a sort of a backer. All right, Venus.
It takes time and experience for a backer to become a good reader of the moving football.