blank check

 Total freedom of action; money provided without restrictions.
 ► “I doubt that the editors of the Journal make their consumption/savings decisions by handing blank checks to businesses. Yet in exempting defense spending from market forces you would leave sacrosanct the most flagrant violator of the scrutiny of the marketplace.” (Wall Street Journal, March 10, 1986, p. C22)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • blank check — noun count 1. ) a check that has been signed but has not had the amount of money it is worth written on it 2. ) MAINLY JOURNALISM complete freedom and authority to do what is necessary, or spend what is necessary, in order to deal with a problem …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • blank check — n. 1. a check form that has not been filled in 2. a check carrying a signature only and allowing the bearer to fill in any amount 3. permission to use an unlimited amount of money, authority, etc …   English World dictionary

  • blank check — Same as blank indorsement. =>> indorsement. Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

  • blank check — blank′ check′ n. 1) bus a bank check bearing a signature but no stated amount 2) bus unrestricted authority; free hand • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • blank check — [n] carte blanche free hand, free rein, license, permission, permit, say so, the run of, total freedom, unconditional authority, unconditional right; concept 376 …   New thesaurus

  • blank check — {n.} 1. A bank check written to a person who can then write in how much money he wants. * /John s father sent him a blank check to pay his school bills./ 2. {informal} Permission to another person to do anything he decides to do. * /The teacher… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • blank check — {n.} 1. A bank check written to a person who can then write in how much money he wants. * /John s father sent him a blank check to pay his school bills./ 2. {informal} Permission to another person to do anything he decides to do. * /The teacher… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • blank\ check — noun 1. A bank check written to a person who can then write in how much money he wants. John s father sent him a blank check to pay his school bills. 2. informal Permission to another person to do anything he decides to do. The teacher gave the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • blank check — 1. a bank check bearing a signature but no stated amount. 2. unrestricted authority; a free hand: He was given a blank check in the choice of personnel for the new department. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • blank check — noun a) A check of the type used to draw money from a bank account containing no information as to the amount to be paid with it. Nixon and Kissinger had established a blank check policy, giving the Shah a free hand to buy as many American… …   Wiktionary

  • blank check — check in which the amount is left blank so that the bearer can write in the necessary amount; a free hand, liberty to do as one pleases …   English contemporary dictionary

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