[ chek-awf, -of ]

  1. the collection of union dues by employers through compulsory deduction from each worker's wages.

  2. a voluntary contribution from one's income tax for a specific purpose, as the public financing of election campaigns, made by checking off the appropriate box on a tax return.

  1. Football. audible (def. 2).

Origin of checkoff

1910–15, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase check off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use checkoff in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for check off

check off

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to mark with a tick

  2. to deduct (union contributions) directly from an employee's pay

  1. a procedure whereby an employer deducts union contributions directly from an employee's pay and pays the money to the union

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Other Idioms and Phrases with checkoff


Mark as entered, or examined and passed, as in He checked off their names as they arrived. [Early 1800s]

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