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[koun-ter-foil] /ˈkaʊn tərˌfɔɪl/
noun, Chiefly British.
a part of a bank check, money order, etc., that is kept by the issuer and on which a record of the transaction is made; stub.
Origin of counterfoil
First recorded in 1700-10; counter- + foil2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The counterfoil altered too—very deliberate piece of swindling.

  • The cashier was confident that his initials in blue pencil on the counterfoil were genuine.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • And therefore identical with the foil of tinfoil, counterfoil, etc.

  • He wrote rapidly, and finally tore the draft from its counterfoil and blotted it.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • If the man had got the cheque, why did he fill up the counterfoil?

  • The counterfoil of a tradesman's paying-in book showed £100 with which he was not credited in the books of the bank.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • Checkley took the book from his master with a trembling hand, and read feebly the writing of the counterfoil, March 4th, 1883.

  • Very well, then, how do you account for the fact that this nought was added to the nine in the counterfoil on or after Tuesday?

  • In the face of this, Falder, do you still deny that you altered both cheque and counterfoil?

British Dictionary definitions for counterfoil


(Brit) the part of a cheque, postal order, receipt, etc, detached and retained as a record of the transaction Also called (esp US and Canadian) stub
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