checkoff

noun
check·​off | \ ˈchek-ˌȯf How to pronounce checkoff (audio) \

Definition of checkoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the deduction of union dues from a worker's paycheck by the employer
b : designation on an income tax return of a small amount of money to be applied to a special fund (as for financing political campaigns)
2 : audible

check off

verb
checked off; checking off; checks off

Definition of check off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to eliminate from further consideration
2 : to deduct (union dues) from a worker's paycheck

intransitive verb

: to change a play at the line of scrimmage in football by calling an audible

Examples of checkoff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Essentially, they are told to bring a clipboard with a checkoff list to each campus. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Why should college visits be forced marches with clipboards?," 22 Apr. 2018 Mayor Mark Farrell will probably remain in office for at least five weeks beyond the June 5 mayoral election, leaving him with plenty of time for the one final checkoff of his short term — the foreign junket. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Mayor Farrell could get to stay in office for a few extra weeks," 7 May 2018 The law establishing the tax-checkoff fund requires annual financial reports to the mayor and D.C. Council, a measure to make sure taxpayers’ voluntary contributions are properly spent. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. solicits tax donations for at-risk children. The program it funds doesn’t exist.," 9 Mar. 2018 This isn’t the first time the tax checkoff for at-risk children has come under scrutiny. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. solicits tax donations for at-risk children. The program it funds doesn’t exist.," 9 Mar. 2018 Read more: The organization gets resources from fund-raising benefits and voluntary checkoffs on paychecks for everybody from above-the-title stars to best boy, key grip and other jobs nobody outside the movie industry understands. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "From Charlie Chaplin to Baby Groot: 100 years of Ford and the movie industry," 14 Oct. 2017 Though the report did not specify whether a checklist was completed, Winn said such a checkoff should have prompted the pilot to hold off from flying. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "Riverside crash: NTSB affirms San Jose-bound plane had initial engine trouble," 9 Mar. 2017 For the past 40 years, checkoff dollars have been used to fund research, surveys and education for more than 900 nongame wildlife species. Barry Amundson, Twin Cities, "Bald eagles making early return to warm-weather Minnesota," 9 Mar. 2017 Colorado’s tax checkoff program should be applauded, not disparaged. Jon Pushkin, The Denver Post, "Checkoff Colorado helps vetted, legitimate charities," 3 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In big cities, attempting to check off every top attraction from your list might leave you feeling rushed and exhausted. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "You won’t want to miss a moment of this unforgettable and luxurious Canadian train journey," 6 June 2019 While the judges do admit that the competition was close, Jason was able to check off all three boxes—overall look, budget, and client satisfaction—resulting in a rich, luxurious bedroom that is equally soothing and show-stopping. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins Episode Two Steps Up to the Challenge of Contemporary," 9 May 2019 Throughout the pre-draft process, Mayfield has checked off all the boxes and answered his critics. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Browns draft Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall in 2018 NFL draft," 27 Apr. 2018 Who knows, maybe there will be some newfangled primer that actually works for our finicky skin type or an innovative mascara that truly checks off every box on our criteria. Allure, "The Best New Makeup Launches Coming This Month," 1 Apr. 2019 The prewar home was spacious, with a great flow and a wood burning fireplace–two important factors that could be checked off from the get-go. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 As one of their executives said a few weeks before the draft, the Villanova wing checks off a lot of boxes. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Sixers smart to make NBA draft trade, build portfolio in more than one way | David Murphy," 21 June 2018 Who knows, maybe there will be some newfangled primer that actually works for our finicky skin type or an innovative mascara that truly checks off every box on our criteria. Allure, "The Best New Makeup Launches Coming in November," 1 Nov. 2018 Killer views, walk-in closets, royalty as neighbors —this $30,000/month pied-à-terre in the United Nations Plaza checks off quite the range of boxes. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "You Can Be Queen Elizabeth’s Neighbor in NYC for $30,000 a Month," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of checkoff

Noun

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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checkoff

noun
check·​off

Legal Definition of checkoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the deduction of union dues from a worker's paycheck by the employer
2 : designation on an income tax return of a small amount of money to be applied to a special fund (as for campaign financing)

check off

transitive verb

Legal Definition of check off (Entry 2 of 2)

: to deduct (union dues) from a worker's paycheck

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