• noun
    (written as long stop)
    a fielding position (or the player occupying it) directly behind the wicket-keeper and close enough in to save the single
    Citation ‘Long stop. This man should stand at a proper distance behind the wicket, to save a run, if the ball should not be stopped by the striker or Wicket-keeper’ (Lambert 1816)
  • verb to field in the long stop position
    Citation ‘Cambridge had to provide itself with a long stop, and Mr. H. M. Marshall in that capacity has earned undying fame; for long-stopping on Lord’s ground in 1861 and 1862 was no laughing matter’ (Badminton 1888)