bum check

Definition of bum check

informal
:a check drawn on a bank account that does not contain enough money to pay the amount
  • He's known for writing/passing bum checks.

Word by Word Definitions

bum play
  1. : buttocks

  1. : of poor quality or nature

  2. : not valid or deserved

  3. : not pleasant or enjoyable

  1. : loaf

  2. : to spend time unemployed and often wandering

  3. : to obtain by asking or begging : cadge

  1. : one who sponges (see 2sponge 2) off others and avoids work

  2. : one who performs a function poorly

  3. : one whose time is devoted to a recreational activity

  1. : a drinking spree : bender

  1. : disappoint, depress

check play
  1. : exposure of a chess king to an attack from which he must be protected or moved to safety

  2. : a sudden stoppage of a forward course or progress : arrest

  3. : a checking of an opposing player (as in ice hockey)

  1. : to put (a chess king) in check

  2. : rebuke, reprimand

  3. : to slow or bring to a stop : brake

  1. used to express assent or agreement


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