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