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spot check

noun
1.
a random sampling or quick sample investigation:
A spot check showed that at least ten percent of the items were defective.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45

spot-check

[spot-chek] /ˈspɒtˌtʃɛk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to examine or investigate by means of a spot check.
verb (used without object)
2.
to conduct a spot check.
Origin
1940-45
Related forms
spot-checker, noun
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Examples for spot check
  • My foreman advises me on unusual problems and my work is subject to spot check during progress.
  • Commissary officials maintain the right to spot check for unauthorized people in their stores.
  • Conducts regular and/or spot check inventories of merchandise, supplies, or equipment.
  • Use hand-held level or eye level to check level of tank and spot check level of leach line.
British Dictionary definitions for spot check

spot check

noun
1.
a quick random examination
2.
a check made without prior warning
verb
3.
(transitive) to perform a spot check on
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