Idioms

    check the helm, Nautical. to alter the helm of a turning vessel to keep the bow from swinging too far or too rapidly.
    in check, under restraint: He held his anger in check.

Origin of check

1
1275–1325; Middle English chek, chekke (at chess) < Old French eschec (by aphesis), variant of eschac < Arabic shāh check (at chess) < Persian: literally, king (an exclamation: i.e., look out, your king is threatened); see shah
Related formscheck·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See stop. 2. Check, curb, repress, restrain refer to putting a control on movement, progress, action, etc. Check implies arresting suddenly, halting or causing to halt: to check a movement toward reform. Curb implies the use of a means such as a chain, strap, frame, wall, etc., to guide or control or to force to stay within definite limits: to curb a horse. Repress, formerly meaning to suppress, now implies preventing the action or development that might naturally be expected: to repress evidence of excitement. Restrain implies the use of force to put under control, or chiefly, to hold back: to restrain a person from violent acts.

Definition for check (2 of 2)

check

2
[ chek ]
/ tʃɛk /

noun South Midland and Southern U.S.

Often checks. the game of checkers.
any of the playing pieces used in this game.

Origin of check

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by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for check

check

/ (tʃɛk) /

verb


noun

interjection

chess a call made to an opponent indicating that his king is in check
mainly US and Canadian an expression of agreement
Derived Formscheckable, adjective

Word Origin for check

C14: from Old French eschec a check at chess, hence, a pause (to verify something), via Arabic from Persian shāh the king! (in chess)
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Idioms and Phrases with check

check

In addition to the idioms beginning with check

  • check in
  • check into
  • check off
  • check on
  • check out
  • check over
  • checks and balances
  • check up

also see:

  • blank check
  • claim check
  • in check
  • pick up (the check)
  • rain check
  • reality check
  • rubber check

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