blank check


Definition of blank check

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

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President Trump has withdrawn from the Iran deal and given Israel an unprecedented blank check on its treatment of the Palestinians. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "How Nikki Haley played the White House game — and won," 9 Oct. 2018 There is nothing at all pragmatic about providing a blank check to a partner that continues to commit major mistakes. WSJ, "Secretary Pompeo Is Far Too Forgiving of the Saudis," 3 Dec. 2018 The show is probably the biggest blank check in TV history, only really approached in scope by properties that were already established hits, like the later seasons of Game of Thrones. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Romanoffs, from Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, feels like a period piece about the present," 12 Oct. 2018 The Romanoffs might be the biggest blank check in television history Justina Mintz / Amazon Everything about The Romanoffs is massive. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Romanoffs, from Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, feels like a period piece about the present," 12 Oct. 2018 The purse contained $80 cash, a blank check and several gift cards. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek police report: Suspect steals nearly $4,000 worth of cigarettes from Kwik Trip," 3 Jan. 2018 Don't sign blank checks that allow another person to fill in the amount. Erika Pesantes,, "Seniors: Tips to avoid being scammed," 21 June 2018 Powell is accused of stealing roughly $3,000 worth of blank checks and cashing them at a liquor store. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Katina Powell, accused of stealing blank checks, will see grand jury," 7 June 2018 White privilege is like an invisible weightless backpack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks. Michael Harriot, The Root, "A Thank-You Letter to Kim Kardashian for Proving White Privilege Is Real," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of blank check

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of blank check was in 1793

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English Language Learners Definition of blank check

: a signed check that does not have the amount of money written on it yet
informal : complete control or freedom

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