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stop payment

an order by the drawer of a check to his or her bank not to pay a specified check.
Origin of stop payment
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • And I've just telephoned to the Wellmouth Bank to stop payment on those checks.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "And stop payment on it," said the crank with a cunning look.

    Mark Mason's Victory

    Horatio Alger
  • There's been a run on the bank till they are forced to stop payment.

    Cobwebs and Cables Hesba Stretton
  • I am literally in this position—take the money, and I must stop payment the next moment.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • Perhaps the Chinese system is the best; they pay their doctor while they are well, and stop payment as long as they are ill.

    My Autobiography F. Max Mller
  • Nowadays, if you lose your savings-bank book all you have to do is to notify the bank to stop payment on it.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • Is he bound to stop payment at the end of that partial experiment, and treat the problem as one therein solved?

  • On Henry's application in Dublin, he was told that they had direction to stop payment of the annuity if any questions were asked.

  • And I suppose that by the time hed pulled himself together again and tried to stop payment on that check you had it cashed.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Sailed with crew and elephant to cash check before G. Ward can get ashore to stop payment.

British Dictionary definitions for stop payment

stop payment

an instruction to a bank by the drawer of a cheque to refuse payment on it
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Idioms and Phrases with stop payment

stop payment

Instruct a bank not to honor a check one has drawn, as in If that check was lost, we'll have to stop payment on it before issuing another. This usage was first recorded in 1722.
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