shortstop (plural shortstops)

  1. (baseball) The infield defensive player that stands between the second baseman and the third baseman.
    The shortstop ranged deep into the hole to make the stop.
  2. (figuratively) A nimble defender.
    I'll play shortstop when we make our proposal.
  3. (gambling) A player who is short of money.
    • 1981, Sam Grafstein, Dice Doctor
      The shortstops and desperados were not permitted to play in this marker crap game.
  • French: arrêt-court
  • Italian: interbase
  • Portuguese: interbases
  • Spanish: campo corto, parador en corto, torpedero

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