The chequered life of Clarissa Dickson Wright, the larger of the two stars on the eccentric cooking show Two Fat Ladies.
Aylesbury returned two Members to Parliament, and its political history had been chequered.
I whispered, as the man swung past us in his chequered serape.
I can barely glance at the chequered history of the institution which was thus established.
The finest were those made by the chequered kerchiefs of Madras.
How solemnly the decaying pages represent the chequered pattern of our mortal estate!
That day was among the most terrible of Beverley's chequered life.
But, as it is also one of his most Sternian exercises, the propriety is chequered.
The rickety table had been covered by a gay, chequered cloth.
"O—ah—yes:" another incident, thinks-I-to-myself, in the chequered life of my unhappy friend.
mid-13c., "game of chess (or checkers);" c.1300, "a chessboard, board with 64 squares for playing chess or similar games; a set of chessmen" a shortening of Old French eschequier "chessboard; a game of chess," from Medieval Latin scaccarium (see check (n.)).
Meaning "pattern of squares" is late 14c. Meaning "a man or marker in the game of checkers" is from 1864. British prefers chequer. From late 14c. as "a checked design." The word had earlier senses of "table covered with checked cloth for counting" (late 12c. in Anglo-Latin), a sense also in Old French (see checker (n.2)).
"table covered with a checked cloth," specialized sense of checker (n.1), late 14c. (in Anglo-Latin from c.1300); especially a table for counting money or keeping accounts (revenue reckoned with counters); later extended to "the fiscal department of the English Crown; the Exchequer (mid-14c.; in Anglo-Latin from late 12c.).