One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An authorized withholding of payment on a check.‘call the bank tomorrow and get a stop payment on that check’
The usage as a noun derives from the verb phrase stop payment, meaning “instruct a bank to withhold payment on a check.”.
Instruct a bank to withhold payment on a cheque.‘the cheque has been certified, so you can't stop payment’
- ‘After the robbers took it, he immediately called the guy he'd beaten and begged him to stop payment on the check and issue a new one.’
- ‘You can not stop payment on a cheque or otherwise withhold rent money from them.’
- ‘Later the purchaser decided not to proceed with the transaction and told his bank to stop payment of the cheque.’
- ‘Unlike regular cheques, you can't call the bank to stop payment.’
- ‘I told the bank to stop payment on any checks and forked over cash to my pal.’
- ‘Premier then, quite understandably, stopped payment on the cheque as the battled unfolded.’
- ‘The plaintiff stopped payment on the postdated cheque and advised Ms. Fusco that the $3,000 would be paid when the store was ready for occupancy.’
- ‘Well, I wish the banks were open so I could stop payment on all the employees bonus checks…’
- ‘He said he spoke to the bank though, and that they can't do anything - stop payment or issue another - without his receipt.’
- ‘It is said that the plaintiff company had stopped payment on those cheques and that the Bank failed to honour the order of the customer.’
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