stop payment


Definition of stop payment

: a depositor's order to a bank to refuse to honor a specified check drawn by him or her

Examples of stop payment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of everything that’s undermining this season, from a defense that couldn’t stop payment on a check to not-so-special teams to coaches failing players and players calling out coaches, the news from the front is worse. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "The Cowboys' lame-duck offensive line, and how Dallas can make the most of a bad situation," 22 Oct. 2020 But his parents had to stop payments for the tutor. Washington Post, "This year, April was... Death," 2 May 2020 States like Montana and California have per diem rates two to three times higher than Arizona's but temporarily stop payments when lawmakers recess for more than three days. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Arizona lawmakers are gone from the Capitol, but still get allowance for housing and meals," 10 Apr. 2020 National: President Donald Trump has stopped payments to World Health Organization pending a review of its warnings about the coronavirus and China. Chelsea Watkins, Dallas News, "Coronavirus Update: President Trump halts payments to WHO, Dallas County reports 10 more deaths," 15 Apr. 2020 Thousands of tenants have stopped payments and threatened legal action. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "WeWork is only making life harder for lockdown-hit Indian startups," 15 Apr. 2020 Some students, financially struggling themselves, have stopped payments and the Fremons to date have lost a third of their income, and more students keep canceling. Nancy Wartik, New York Times, "How to Help Those Weathering Financial Storms," 14 Apr. 2020 Felix was among the Americans who banded together in protest this summer , getting Nike to change a long-standing policy that stopped payments to pregnant athletes in this sport. Eddie Pells, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mother’s Day: Fraser-Pryce, Felix get golds at worlds," 29 Sep. 2019 The company even stopped payment on the last paychecks. Errol Barnett, CBS News, "Blackjewel miners protest after abrupt bankruptcy leaves workers without pay," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stop payment

circa 1919, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of stop payment

: a depositor's order to a bank to refuse to honor a specified check drawn by him or her

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