blank check


a bank check bearing a signature but no stated amount.
unrestricted authority; a free hand: He was given a blank check in the choice of personnel for the new department.

Nearby words

  1. blandishment,
  2. blandishments,
  3. blandly,
  4. blank,
  5. blank cartridge,
  6. blank cheque,
  7. blank endorsement,
  8. blank shell,
  9. blank slate,
  10. blank tape

Origin of blank check

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Idioms and Phrases with blank check

blank check

Unrestricted authority, a free hand, as in I'll support most of the chairman's agenda, but I'm not ready to give him a blank check for the company's future. Literally this term signifies a bank check that is signed by the drawer but does not indicate the amount of money, which is filled in by the person to whom it is given. [Late 1800s]

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