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blank check

a bank check bearing a signature but no stated amount.
unrestricted authority; a free hand:
He was given a blank check in the choice of personnel for the new department.
Origin of blank check
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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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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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