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[koun-ter-foil] /ˈkaʊn tərˌfɔɪl/
noun, Chiefly British
a part of a bank check, money order, etc., that is kept by the issuer and on which a record of the transaction is made; stub.
Origin of counterfoil
1700-10; counter- + foil2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The cashier was confident that his initials in blue pencil on the counterfoil were genuine.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • And therefore identical with the foil of tinfoil, counterfoil, etc.

  • Yes, there was the counterfoil, fresh as a new wound, from which indeed his bank account was profusely bleeding.

    Prose Fancies Richard Le Gallienne
  • He wrote rapidly, and finally tore the draft from its counterfoil and blotted it.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • In the face of this, Falder, do you still deny that you altered both cheque and counterfoil?

  • The counterfoil altered too—very deliberate piece of swindling.

  • The facts are admitted, so far as the alteration of this cheque and counterfoil by the prisoner.

  • Mr. Weatherley remained for a moment in the chair where she had left him, gazing idly at the counterfoil of the cheque.

    The Lighted Way E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Very well, then, how do you account for the fact that this nought was added to the nine in the counterfoil on or after Tuesday?

British Dictionary definitions for counterfoil


(Brit) the part of a cheque, postal order, receipt, etc, detached and retained as a record of the transaction Also called (esp US and Canadian) stub
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