Definition of blank check in US English:

blank check


  • 1A bank check with the amount left for the payee to fill in.

    • ‘A school official was making merry with some blank cheques signed by an official who had to go abroad.’
    • ‘One bin contained a signed blank cheque and another an unused cheque book.’
    • ‘The woman signed two blank checks with the promise that each check be made out for US $130.’
    • ‘Normally in the absence of compelling reasons it has to be assumed that the cheque was not a blank cheque when it was handed over.’
    • ‘The Australian Government has signed a blank cheque - without the foggiest notion of what might be planned.’
    • ‘It might be a short-term abduction triggered by stepping into a ‘taxi’ whose driver, at gunpoint, forces his fare to sign a sheaf of blank checks or surrender his ATM card and code.’
    • ‘If I had unlimited funds, I'd give Tom a blank check and know the number he wrote in would be fair.’
    • ‘I could fill in my remaining blank cheque, show the postmistress my bank card and some form of identification and she would shower me with cash.’
    • ‘He said signing blank cheques was normal procedure because nobody ever suspected he was using the leader's account for anything other than party purposes.’
    • ‘Private sector employers are furious that government ministers will continue to write blank cheques to up the pay for public servants.’
    • ‘That's probably the most anyone signing a blank check can hope for.’
    • ‘She ripped out a check and signed it. ‘Here,’ she said, handing me the blank check. ‘Fill in the amount.’’
    • ‘He bears no responsibility for the way that blank cheques he signed were used.’
    • ‘He testified that he signed blank cheques, the details of which would be filled in later.’
    • ‘We should pay our fair share, but not give a blank cheque for others to fill in and sign.’
    • ‘She had a signed blank cheque of mine and I told her the exact amount to fill in.’
    • ‘They have so much money that they can casually sign blank cheques for their ‘lifestyle guru’.’
    • ‘The one credit card company will make a payment directly into your bank account while the other issues blank cheques that you simply fill in yourself.’
    • ‘But this proposal amounted to his being asked to sign a blank cheque and hand over his credit card.’
    • ‘She signs a blank check and slides it over to Jean on the impression that Jean may fill in whatever she sees necessary for payment.’
    1. 1.1in singular An unlimited freedom of action.
      ‘he was effectively granted a blank check to conduct a war without congressional authorization’
      • ‘Most in the Congress accepted assurances that the Johnson administration had no intention of using this blank check as authorization for a major expansion of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.’
      • ‘Ministers admitted last week that their promised package of relief to the countryside was effectively a blank cheque.’
      • ‘He has the faith of a true believer and the blank cheque that may only be available to him once in a lifetime.’
      • ‘We should oppose the usual practice whereby they demand that the Council give them a blank check to conduct a war any way they want.’
      • ‘In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson strong-armed Congress into giving him a blank check for conducting the Vietnam War.’
      • ‘Under the bill, a declaration of an emergency is a blank check for the government to use repressive measures for up to nine months.’
      • ‘The attorney general has now given the FBI a blank check to conduct domestic spying without presenting the slightest evidence of actual or potential criminal wrongdoing.’
      • ‘This effectively grants ministers and officials a blank cheque with which to cover their own moves.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, a majority would not sign a blank cheque for a hypothetical war.’
      • ‘The Supreme Court, however, did not grant employees a blank check.’
      • ‘The administration insists that we give it a blank check for waging war and trampling on civil liberties.’
      • ‘The prime minister is now having to contend with threats and counter-threats from unions unwilling to sign over an effective blank cheque on public services reform.’
      • ‘Giving federal law enforcement agencies access to the almost unlimited collection apparatus of our intelligence organizations is granting a blank check to the federal government.’