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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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