blank check


: a signed check with the amount unspecified
: complete freedom of action or control : carte blanche

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s a blank check. WIRED, 11 Oct. 2022 Even as Egypt slides deeper and deeper into economic crisis, Saudi officials have sent a stern message: No more blank checks. Vivian Yee, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2023 But there should be no blank check on anything. Rafi Schwartz, The Week, 8 Nov. 2022 This season made great use of new flying monsters, but at the same time the Upside-Down is a conceptual blank check to develop an entire bestiary of nightmare-inducing creatures. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 1 July 2022 These brave men and women signed a blank check for each of us that included sacrificing their lives for our Freedom. Craig Shoup, The Courier-Journal, 30 Mar. 2023 There's no such thing as a blank check. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2023 Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis, widely expected to run, said the U.S. cannot provide Ukraine an open-ended blank check. CBS News, 26 Feb. 2023 What better setting than a plainly unconstitutional assault by a feckless president going old-school politician to circumvent Congress and write a $420 billion blank check forgiving contractual debt. WSJ, 7 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blank check was in 1793

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“Blank check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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