One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘Look out for direct debits that are returned ‘refer to drawer’ and be wary of a business changing banks.’
- ‘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.’
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