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)

check off

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 Barring unusual winds from the east and short runway closures to check off last-minute items, jets should primarily be taking off over Knik Arm starting Monday evening, Conway said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage airport runway set to be reopened Monday, offering some relief from jet noise," 1 Oct. 2019 Tourists coming to town next week to check off a bucket-list item by riding one of the city’s iconic and romantic cable cars are in for a rude awakening. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Sorry, visitors: San Francisco to completely shut down cable cars for 10 days," 4 Sep. 2019 The event organized by the Bellaire Culture and Arts Board is planned for Saturday, Nov. 9, at Evelyn’s Park, just in time for cooler weather and to check off those items on your holiday giving lists. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Arts and Crafts Festival makes return," 21 Aug. 2019 This one is should be easy to check off on your list. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "It’s not over yet! 19 things to do in summer 2019," 5 July 2019 Between the Miami summer pro league, drills with young players since the start of August, and other veterans coming and going, Jimmy basically checks off the last box among players who have checked in. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Is it up to Jimmy Butler to unify the Heat’s revamped roster?," 7 Sep. 2019 The plaintiff, now 27, was booked into Denver County Jail on July 14, 2018, over an identity theft charge for writing a check off her sister's account, Sanchez's lawyer, Mari Newman, told NBC News on Friday. NBC News, "Woman had to give birth in Denver jail cell alone, with no assistance, lawsuit says," 29 Aug. 2019 The team checked off another one on the list by becoming the fifth team in program history to get to the College World Series. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Ranking Dan McDonnell's best teams as Louisville prepares for the College World Series," 13 June 2019 Here’s a look at the things engineers have checked off their list, and the sticky problems left to solve. Andrew Blum, Time, "The Tech Innovations We Need to Happen if We're Going to Survive Climate Change," 12 Sep. 2019

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1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of checkoff was in 1884

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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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