check·off | \ˈchek-ˌȯf \

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


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

But Ragnow checks off many of the boxes the Lions wanted to fill. Dave Birkett And Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions NFL draft grades: Birkett gives B overall, Monarrez C-plus," 28 Apr. 2018 In the span of their whirlwind, weeks-long romance, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have checked off relationship milestone after relationship milestone in surprisingly quick succession. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's Phone Background Is a Photo of Pete Davidson," 11 July 2018 This year, the Heritage Foundation reported that Mr. Trump had checked off 64 percent of their policy checklist. New York Times, "Behind Trump’s Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net," 21 June 2018 By 1968, most of them had been checked off the list. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee once tried to launch its own space center. It never took off.," 12 June 2018 With just two wins in their final five games, the Blazers can check off each of the goals Turner mentioned -- 50 wins, third seed in the West, a Northwest Division championship -- concluding an impressive regular season in style. Joe Freeman,, "Portland Trail Blazers 'not done yet' after clinching spot in Western Conference playoffs," 2 Apr. 2018 Heather and Peter just checked off the fifth bus on their list while riding the 90-Owl. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Live updates from #TotalMuni2018," 30 Apr. 2018 These are the top 10 kinds of awful out there, though some particularly atrocious humans seem to check off nearly every box on the list. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "The 10 Worst Roommates Everyone Lives With At Some Point," 10 July 2018 As for who might be a front runner, Judge Kavanaugh continues to check off all the boxes for Mr. Trump with his elite qualifications but that his confirmation process could potentially take longer. CBS News, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh named Trump's second Supreme Court justice - live updates," 9 July 2018

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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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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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