put a check on

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of put a check on

: to reduce or stop
  • The store hired a guard to put a check on shoplifting.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

check play
  1. : exposure of a chess king to an attack from which he must be protected or moved to safety

  2. : a sudden stoppage of a forward course or progress : arrest

  3. : a checking of an opposing player (as in ice hockey)

  1. : to put (a chess king) in check

  2. : rebuke, reprimand

  3. : to slow or bring to a stop : brake

  1. used to express assent or agreement


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