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perpetual check

noun, Chess.
1.
a continuing series of checks resulting in a drawn game because they cannot be halted or evaded without resulting in checkmate or a serious disadvantage.
2.
the situation in which this occurs.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20
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British Dictionary definitions for perpetual check

perpetual check

noun
1.
(chess) a consecutive series of checks that the checked player cannot avoid, leading to a drawn game
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