Definition of blank check in US English:

blank check


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

    • ‘He testified that he signed blank cheques, the details of which would be filled in later.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 had a signed blank cheque of mine and I told her the exact amount to fill in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We should pay our fair share, but not give a blank cheque for others to fill in and sign.’
    • ‘One bin contained a signed blank cheque and another an unused cheque book.’
    • ‘They have so much money that they can casually sign blank cheques for their ‘lifestyle guru’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The woman signed two blank checks with the promise that each check be made out for US $130.’
    • ‘A school official was making merry with some blank cheques signed by an official who had to go abroad.’
    • ‘Private sector employers are furious that government ministers will continue to write blank cheques to up the pay for public servants.’
    • ‘If I had unlimited funds, I'd give Tom a blank check and know the number he wrote in would be fair.’
    • ‘That's probably the most anyone signing a blank check can hope for.’
    • ‘The Australian Government has signed a blank cheque - without the foggiest notion of what might be planned.’
    • ‘He bears no responsibility for the way that blank cheques he signed were used.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She ripped out a check and signed it. ‘Here,’ she said, handing me the blank check. ‘Fill in the amount.’’
    1. 1.1in singular An unlimited freedom of action.
      ‘he was effectively granted a blank check to conduct a war without congressional authorization’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ministers admitted last week that their promised package of relief to the countryside was effectively a blank cheque.’
      • ‘Under the bill, a declaration of an emergency is a blank check for the government to use repressive measures for up to nine months.’
      • ‘This effectively grants ministers and officials a blank cheque with which to cover their own moves.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Supreme Court, however, did not grant employees a blank check.’
      • ‘He has the faith of a true believer and the blank cheque that may only be available to him once in a lifetime.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, a majority would not sign a blank cheque for a hypothetical war.’
      • ‘The administration insists that we give it a blank check for waging war and trampling on civil liberties.’
      • ‘In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson strong-armed Congress into giving him a blank check for conducting the Vietnam War.’
      • ‘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.’