blank check

noun

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 setup is a kid on a bike gets hit by a rich guy who hands him a blank check to keep the kid from making a big deal of the hit-and-run. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Disney+ launch: 12 things all '90s kids should stream ASAP," 12 Nov. 2019 For its part, GM insiders said the company was determined not to write a blank check that would raise its labor costs from an average of around $63 an hour, according to data from the Center for Automotive Research. NBC News, "UAW touts 'major gains' — but has won few breakthroughs," 17 Oct. 2019 Instead, deficit spending along with an all-volunteer military has given three successive administrations a blank check with which to wage war. Elliot Ackerman, Time, "Why Bringing Back the Draft Could Stop America’s Forever Wars," 10 Oct. 2019 Half of all students in professional fields such as law and medicine borrow more than $100,000 for their degrees, thanks to the blank check from Uncle Sam. Preston Cooper, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren’s Bad Student-Debt Plan," 26 Sep. 2019 After just a few swings Minnesota officials bundled the 19-year-old out of sight, lest he be seen by a Yankees executive with a fat book of blank checks. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "The Curse of Bunned Meat and Breadsticks: Why the Twins Can't Beat the Yankees," 20 Sep. 2019 Effectively, investors are writing a blank check to the SPAC sponsors—who are often former executives or private equity players—and invest in their ability to find an attractive target. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "A Key Player on Citi's IPO Team Has Left to Set Up His Own Shop," 26 June 2019 Instead, Boot denounces white-grievance politics (a politics well worth denouncing) while simultaneously granting other grievance groups a blank check to raid the expansive store of imputed guilt and collective punishment. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Max Boot Fans the Flames of Racial Hatred," 12 Aug. 2019 During the campaign, Andrews-Sullivan would sign blank checks for Gonzalez to fill out to pay vendors and workers as the need arose, according to Gonzalez. Dylan Mcguinness, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Councilwoman Andrews-Sullivan, campaign worker at odds over $4,200 in payments," 18 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'blank check.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of blank check

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about blank check

Time Traveler for blank check

Time Traveler

The first known use of blank check was in 1793

See more words from the same year

Statistics for blank check

Last Updated

21 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Blank check.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blank%20check. Accessed 21 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for blank check

blank check

noun

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

More from Merriam-Webster on blank check

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with blank check

Spanish Central: Translation of blank check

Comments on blank check

What made you want to look up blank check? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

good-natured easy friendliness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!