rubber check

noun
a check drawn on an account lacking the funds to pay it; a check that bounces.

Origin:
1925–30, Americanism

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rubber check

A check drawn on an account without the funds to pay it, as in He's been handing out rubber checks right and left, but the police have caught up with him. The rubber alludes to the fact that, like rubber, the check "bounces," in this case back from the bank. [Slang; c. 1920]

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Example sentences
To prevent liquid bacKflow into the air distribution piping, a rubber check valve can be provided.
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