World English Dictionary
cheque or (US) check (tʃɛk)
1.  a bill of exchange drawn on a bank by the holder of a current account; payable into a bank account, if crossed, or on demand, if uncrossed
2.  (Austral), (NZ) the total sum of money received for contract work or a crop
3.  (Austral), (NZ) wages
[C18: from check, in the sense: a means of verification]
check or (US) check
[C18: from check, in the sense: a means of verification]

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Example sentences
In response, investors started to ask for more transparency and more thorough
  due diligence before writing big cheques.
But many companies now feel that arm's-length philanthropy-simply writing
  cheques to charities-is no longer enough.
When the investment bankers have taken their cheques and moved on, that is the
  job the managers are left with.
Politicians should concentrate on maximising the mental health of their voters,
  rather than the size of their pay cheques.
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