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

More calories burned for you, and a check off of your bucket list. 2. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019 For so long, Hollywood studios have thought that diversity is putting a person of color in there to check off a box. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "Constance Wu Isn't Here for Hollywood's Tokenism," 10 Aug. 2018 There have been plenty of head coaching hires that checked off all the boxes (Jim Schwartz was certainly one of those) but didn’t work for whatever reason. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Jamie Samuelsen: Trust Bob Quinn to pick a good Detroit Lions coach," 3 Jan. 2018 But all too often the act of sending cards can be fraught with stress (yet another thing to check off the to-do list at this busy time of year!). Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Camille Styles On The Dos And Don'ts Of Sending Holiday Cards," 20 Dec. 2014 Sometimes soundbars focus on TV and movie audio at the expense of music, but Roku has checked off both. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Roku TV Wireless Speakers review: easy listening," 29 Nov. 2018 This big purchase allowed me to finally make plans to check off a lifelong bucket list item — road tripping across America. Anna Marden,, "5 tips for an eco-friendly road trip," 19 June 2018 Bradley argues that their lack of uniformity is a strength and that the relievers check off all the boxes necessary to allow manager Torey Lovullo to navigate his way through a lineup. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' bullpen getting results without overpowering stuff," 20 Apr. 2018 Detective Pikachu feels like someone took a very specific list, checked off every item, and then went to a dollar store to fulfill the order with off-brand merchandise. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The internet’s horrified with Detective Pikachu," 12 Nov. 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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