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

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

Lapses in the field and on the bases occur too often for the Cubs to check off those boxes every championship team needs to do: defense, baserunning and situational hitting. David Haugh,, "Column: Theo Epstein needs to make bold moves — such as trading Kyle Schwarber or Addison Russell — if the Cubs hope to make a playoff run," 30 June 2019 Herrmann, who works as a manager at a tech firm, took up the saxophone seven months ago to check off something that had been on his bucket list for years. Cathy Free, Washington Post, "‘They’re coming to you': A man played his sax for a herd of cows, and they loved it," 26 June 2019 Recent genetic findings have made gull taxonomy ever more involved, with more species and sub-species and hybrids to check off. Jennie Erin Smith, WSJ, "Book Review: A Squabble of Gulls," 14 June 2019 After all, your body is going to need energy to check off all your fun summer plans. Cory Stieg,, "Why It's Normal To Feel Less Hungry In The Summer," 13 June 2019 Discussing plans for a first date, Cheuk found out that Levine had a bucket list, and rock-climbing, which Cheuk had done before, hadn’t yet been checked off., "City Hall weddings: Public displays of devotion," 7 June 2019 Thankfully, checking off all three of those boxes costs far less than $100 in 2018. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The best streaming video player to buy right now," 30 Nov. 2018 Throughout her first three years of high school, the Golden Bears’ star shortstop methodically began checking off the items one by one. Brent Kennedy,, "Hammond senior Liguori finishes on top as Howard County softball Player of Year," 18 June 2019 By signing Russian defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich to a one-year contract, Tallon partially checked off the defensive side of things. Matthew Defranks,, "How does Panthers' trade for Mike Hoffman affect rest of Florida's offseason?," 19 June 2018

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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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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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