a blank cheque

a blank cheque

1. Literally, a cheque presented to someone with the amount left blank, so that it can be written out for the desired total. Mom, can you give me a blank cheque so I can fill it out when I buy my school supplies?
2. By extension, the freedom or permission to spend as much money or use as much resources as needed in pursuit of a desire or goal. The company was having a difficult time retaining good employees, so the manager was given a blank cheque to increase salaries and restructure his department. After the fifth murder, the city's police officers were given a blanque cheque to use whatever resources they needed in order to find the serial killer before he struck again.
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a blank cheque

as much money to spend as is wanted or needed (not used with the ) We are not giving the redevelopment project a blank cheque. The organizers will be working within a strictly limited budget.
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I would no more give a blank cheque to the BMA than I would give a blank cheque to the generals.
It is the prosecution's case that Malik took a blank cheque out of a locked desk drawer while Mr Zia was off work for the day.
However, each bank has their own policies and some do not give out these facilities if a blank cheque is not issued.
Meanwhile, William Hague is waving a blank cheque around to give to the Ukrainian people.
Mr Cameron said: "There has never been a blank cheque for HS2, but I'm passionately in favour of this project and I think we need to respond to the criticisms that have been made.
Summary: Be aware of legal issues before signing a blank cheque
The reality is that the influential Committee he chairs, the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change (DECC), has been busy pumping out faithful pro-nuclear propaganda which favours, in effect, nuclear power being given a blank cheque for construction costs from the Government.
Like a blank cheque IN a recent statement on the direct debit system a bank spokesman was evasive concerning this issue.
WHEN Julie Perry signed a blank cheque and handed it to her twin brother's careworker, she felt safe in the knowledge that it would be put to good use.
Last month, benefits minister Steve Webb told MPs: "What we can't do is go on simply signing over a blank cheque to private landlords.
Mr Clegg said: "What I have always been slightly wary of is the obvious risks of writing a blank cheque for one sector after another.
Mega-rich City hoped to sign the former Manchester United striker from Real Madrid, with their Arab owners reportedly ready to offer a blank cheque for him.
He got hold of a blank cheque that had been stolen from a postbag and cashed it into his bank account.
Each was given a separate floor to design and free creative reign was, somewhat astonishingly, matched with a blank cheque.
Salmon Farm Protest Group chairman Bruce Sandison said: "This spurious aquaculture strategy is nothing other than a blank cheque for the fish farmers.