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blank check

noun
1.
a bank check bearing a signature but no stated amount.
2.
unrestricted authority; a free hand:
He was given a blank check in the choice of personnel for the new department.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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Examples from the web for blank check
  • We can no longer expect public support in the form of a blank check and an loosely defined agenda.
  • But this is not a blank check for the government to trample rights as it pleases.
  • Even if societies elect to keep public funding for some of those things, they'll never again be blank check propositions.
  • Instead, because they're a blank check, they get financed by general government revenues including income tax.
  • We can no longer conduct foreign policy on a blank check.
  • The blank check stock must be stored in a fireproof container, at a minimum, and safeguarded until needed.
  • Your tax dollars should not be used as a blank check.
Slang definitions & phrases for blank check

blank check

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give someone a blank check


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with blank check

blank check

Unrestricted authority, a free hand, as in I'll support most of the chairman's agenda, but I'm not ready to give him a blank check for the company's future. Literally this term signifies a bank check that is signed by the drawer but does not indicate the amount of money, which is filled in by the person to whom it is given. [ Late 1800s ]
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