stop payment

stop payment

noun
an order by the drawer of a check to his or her bank not to pay a specified check.

Origin:
1915–20

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stop payment
 
n
an instruction to a bank by the drawer of a cheque to refuse payment on it

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stop payment

Instruct a bank not to honor a check one has drawn, as in If that check was lost, we'll have to stop payment on it before issuing another. This usage was first recorded in 1722.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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