Other forms: relievers

Definitions of reliever
  1. noun
    someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
    synonyms: backup, backup man, fill-in, relief, stand-in, substitute
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    locum, locum tenens
    someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession
    double, stunt man, stunt woman
    a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts
    alternate, replacement, surrogate
    someone who takes the place of another person
    type of:
    compeer, equal, match, peer
    a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
  2. noun
    a pitcher who does not start the game
    synonyms: fireman, relief pitcher
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    closer, finisher
    (baseball) a relief pitcher who can protect a lead in the last inning or two of the game
    a person who closes things violently
    type of:
    hurler, pitcher, twirler
    (baseball) the person who does the pitching
  3. noun
    a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies
    “a reliever of anxiety”
    synonyms: allayer, comforter
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