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1A bank check with the amount left for the payee 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.’
- ‘That's probably the most anyone signing a blank check can hope for.’
- ‘He testified that he signed blank cheques, the details of which would be filled in later.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But this proposal amounted to his being asked to sign a blank cheque and hand over his credit card.’
- ‘One bin contained a signed blank cheque and another an unused cheque book.’
- ‘He bears no responsibility for the way that blank cheques he signed were used.’
- ‘The woman signed two blank checks with the promise that each check be made out for US $130.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She ripped out a check and signed it. ‘Here,’ she said, handing me the blank check. ‘Fill in the amount.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A school official was making merry with some blank cheques signed by an official who had to go abroad.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Australian Government has signed a blank cheque - without the foggiest notion of what might be planned.’
- ‘Private sector employers are furious that government ministers will continue to write blank cheques to up the pay for public servants.’
- 1.1[in singular]An unlimited freedom of action.‘he was effectively granted a blank check to conduct a war without congressional authorization’
- ‘In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson strong-armed Congress into giving him a blank check for conducting the Vietnam War.’
- ‘The Supreme Court, however, did not grant employees a blank check.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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