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 Dairy farmers must pay 15 cents per hundred pounds of milk sold into the checkoff program. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ex-agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack is the top paid executive at Dairy Management," 2 Dec. 2019 Far from being an overrun bucket-list checkoff site, Alcatraz in the late 1960s was a deserted, decaying shell. Steve Rubenstein,, "50 years later, Native Americans return to Alcatraz to remember occupation," 20 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Who knows, maybe there will be some newfangled primer that actually works for our finicky skin types or an innovative mascara that truly checks off every box of our lash criteria. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "All the Best New Makeup Launching in January," 24 Jan. 2020 Every item was entered into an inventory-control system when it was packed in the old store and checked off when it was unpacked in the temporary one. James Barron, New York Times, "How Tiffany Moved 114,000 Gems Without Getting Robbed," 13 Jan. 2020 For a substantial group of shoppers, getting deals and checking off gift lists is not the primary goal of Black Friday shopping expeditions. Sarah Halzack | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "The True Black Friday Experience Just Isn’t Available Online," 27 Nov. 2019 Last year’s Golden Globes red carpet checked off all of our boxes. Eliza Huber,, "The Golden Globes Red Carpet Is One Fashion Moment After Another," 6 Jan. 2020 In my lexicon, a goal is something that can (eventually) be checked off a list, whereas a resolution is more of a determination to change something on an ongoing basis. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: 2020 vision: New Year’s goals and resolutions," 28 Dec. 2019 What’s important is checking off as many boxes as possible to optimize the fruit size. Richard G. Snyder, The Conversation, "Growing the big one – 6 tips for your own prize-winning tomatoes," 7 Oct. 2019 The filmmakers check off familiar gossip, cross-cutting Sixties Judy (played by Renée Zellweger) with Thirties Judy. Armond White, National Review, "Renée Zellweger’s Bio-Pic Judy Is Compassionate and Honest," 27 Sep. 2019 With less than a week before Christmas, anyone who hasn't checked off their holiday gift list is probably biting their nails and ruining a perfectly festive manicure. Glamour, "Verishop Is Our New Favorite Online Store—And It’s Perfect for Last-Minute Gifting," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of checkoff


1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Checkoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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