Definition of refer to drawer in English:

refer to drawer


  • A phrase used by banks when suspending payment of a cheque.

    • ‘It has sometimes been said that ‘refer to drawer’ is not defamatory, meaning ‘go back to the drawer and ask him to pay’, but today it is generally accepted that the phrase may imply a lack of funds.’
    • ‘Oh, and by the way, they bounced our cheque - ‘refer to drawer’- which I only discovered earlier today when it arrived back at our installer's house.’
    • ‘Look out for direct debits that are returned ‘refer to drawer’ and be wary of a business changing banks.’