One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A check that is returned unpaid.
- ‘Slowinski said the delinquents each year are a mix of parents who owe money for their daughters' cookies and people who pay for cookies with rubber checks.’
- ‘If you ignore the notices you get from your bank, then an assistant district attorney will come to the conclusion that you intended to steal what you got with the rubber check and may file criminal charges against you.’
1920s (originally US): by association with bounce.
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