stop payment


noun

an order by the drawer of a check to his or her bank not to pay a specified check.

Nearby words

  1. stop knob,
  2. stop motion,
  3. stop off,
  4. stop order,
  5. stop out,
  6. stop press,
  7. stop price,
  8. stop short,
  9. stop sign,
  10. stop someone's clock

Origin of stop payment

First recorded in 1915–20

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British Dictionary definitions for stop payment

stop payment

noun

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

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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