Definition of blank check in English:

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blank check


1A bank check with the amount left for the payee to fill in.
Example sentences
  • He testified that he signed blank cheques, the details of which would be filled in later.
  • She had a signed blank cheque of mine and I told her the exact amount to fill in.
  • We should pay our fair share, but not give a blank cheque for others to fill in and sign.
1.1 [in singular] An unlimited freedom of action: he was effectively granted a blank check to conduct a war without congressional authorization
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.

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