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 Despite not being necessary for human survival, meat is heavily marketed to U.S. consumers, including through the beef checkoff, and occupies a disproportionate amount of advertising mindshare. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 8 June 2022 One effort was putting a checkoff on state tax forms that Michiganders could use to become donors, sponsored by former state senators Steve Bieda, of Warren, and Marty Knollenberg, of Troy. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 7 Apr. 2022 The Bridgeforth descendants proudly carry on the family legacy and even made history in 2015, great-great-grandson Carlton Bridgeforth became the first Black person to serve on a USDA checkoff committee. Essence, 5 Feb. 2022 So far, checkoff opponents have gathered around 30,000 signatures, Jones said., 4 Sep. 2021 Making a team one dimensional is usually at the top of the checkoff list for a defensive coordinator. Charles Hollis, al, 11 Dec. 2020 That is equal to 47% of all the checkoff money collected in 2018. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2020 In 2016, the government contributed at least $562 million toward dairy, beef, pork, and lamb checkoffs. Chase Purdy, Quartz, 15 Feb. 2020 Dairy farmers must pay 15 cents per hundred pounds of milk sold into the checkoff program. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There were also boxes to check off in $50 increments. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 Stuck on where to find sandals that check off all of the boxes? Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 4 Apr. 2022 In addition, the state needs to do more than check off the big-ticket items like wastewater treatment improvements to meet its goals. Christine Condon,, 5 Jan. 2022 These gummies check off all the boxes: 100% natural, 100% vegetarian and vegan, GMO-free, gluten-free, and no preservatives. ELLE, 30 Apr. 2022 The lengthy tracklist also allows Aldean to check off several boxes, with the album serving as part live album, part greatest hits project. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 21 Apr. 2022 That would check off most fans' wish lists, and the Coliseum site, with a billion or two dollars of TLC, could provide that. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 As the pandemic gave urgency to bucket-list trips, one family seized the chance to check off their dream destination, never mind the hurdles. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, 25 Feb. 2022 The Tar Heels easily check off every box: Michael Jordan and Tyler Hansbrough were among their many stars on the court, and Frank McGuire, Dean Smith and Roy Williams led them to titles spanning six decades. Dave Skretta, ajc, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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