Idioms for check

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM check

check·less, adjective

synonym study for check

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for check off (1 of 2)

check off

verb (tr, adverb)

to mark with a tick
to deduct (union contributions) directly from an employee's pay

noun check-off

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

British Dictionary definitions for check off (2 of 2)

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 forms of check

checkable, 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 off (1 of 2)

check off

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

Idioms and Phrases with check off (2 of 2)

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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