blank check


Definition of blank check

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

Examples of blank check in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The specs on SPACs Special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, are also called blank check companies. Carolyn Said,, "IPOs are hot in Silicon Valley. SPACs are even hotter," 24 Dec. 2020 An even scarier notion would be a conservative dream team of partisan lawyers hounding President Joe Biden — using a 22-month, $40 million blank check. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Our Upside-Down Post-Election World," 24 Dec. 2020 Periphas Capital Partnering, a blank check firm from Periphas Capital, filed for a $300 million IPO. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Apollo’s Leon Black explains why he still did business with Jeffrey Epstein," 30 Oct. 2020 Then there's the surge in demand for many unprofitable initial public offerings and special purpose acquisition corporations like DraftKings and Nikola going public through blank check mergers. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "How much longer can this greed-fueled rally last?," 16 Aug. 2020 But investors have been effectively cutting Disney a blank check for streaming lately anyway, sending the stock up 24% just since the company announced a management reorganization in mid-October to focus more on streaming. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Disney May Finally Make Netflix Sweat," 11 Dec. 2020 Liberty Media Acquisition, a blank check company formed by Liberty Media seeking a business in the entertainment or TMT space, filed to raise $500 million. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "An unminted Black unicorn," 20 Nov. 2020 Both Republicans are campaigning as a ticket, warning a double defeat would hand President-elect Joe Biden a blank check in Congress. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Pence to stump for Perdue and Loeffler in critical Georgia runoffs," 17 Nov. 2020 Reinvent Technology Partners Z, the second blank check company formed by Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman, filed to raise $200 million for its IPO. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Will the world’s biggest IPO face a valuation ding from its delay?," 4 Nov. 2020

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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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6 Jan 2021

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“Blank check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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