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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 blank 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

COMMON
1. If you give someone a blank cheque to do something, you give them complete authority to do what they think is best in a difficult situation. Note: `Cheque' is spelled `check' in American English. De Klerk had, in a sense, been given a blank cheque to negotiate the new South Africa. The president was effectively given a blank check to commit the nation to war. Note: This expression is used mainly in talking about politics.
2. If you describe an amount of money as a blank cheque, you mean it is unlimited. Note: `Cheque' is spelled `check' in American English. We are not prepared to write a blank cheque for companies that have run into trouble through poor management. Note: This expression is sometimes used literally to mean that someone gives another person a cheque without an amount of money written on it.
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a blank cheque

unlimited scope, especially to spend money.
A blank cheque is literally one in which the amount of money to be paid has not been filled in by the payer.
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a blank ˈcheque

(British English) (American English a blank ˈcheck) permission to act as you like (especially to spend money) in a particular task or situation: Just because I asked you to speak on my behalf, that didn’t mean you had a blank cheque to promise anything you liked.She was given a blank cheque and told to hire the best singers she could.
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The official said, 'More than 90 percent of bank customers do not know that blank cheques cannot be used as evidence against them in a court case.
It is a blank cheque, that is a security cheque which is their way to secure the bank's rights and guarantee that the customer will settle his dues to the bank," Hammouda explains.
The move would do away with the need for requesting a blank cheque for payment in the Gulf state.
Of course now that they have new procedures, I understand it's easier to get the money than it used to be - a consequence perhaps of MPs demanding massive pay rises if they weren't given almost blank cheque expenses.
He admits that energy prices are set to rise yet again, but his beloved blank cheque wind power policy could so easily be cut down to size if the ROCs (consumer-funded subsidies) and the scandalous 'market rates for community 'sweeteners'' were removed altogether, so that electricity costs less.
Blank cheque company Cazador Acquisition Corporation Ltd (NASDAQ:CAZA) (NASDAQ:CAZAU) (NASDAQ:CAZAW) said on Wednesday that it has received a letter from the Nasdaq Stock Market stating that the company is not in compliance with Nasdaq Rule 5250(c)(2) because it has not yet filed a Form 6-K for the period ended 30 June 2011 disclosing its financial results for that period.
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.
This would have been met by Cofton, but now council taxpayers will be asked to sign a blank cheque.
ISLAMABAD, 07 April , 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Pakistan on Tuesday once again made it clear to US that no blank cheque has been given to them to carry out drone attacks urging without mutual cooperation war against terrorism is simply unachievable.
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.
Salmon Farm Protest Group chairman Bruce Sandison said: "This spurious aquaculture strategy is nothing other than a blank cheque for the fish farmers.
The USA could not treat international solidarity as a blank cheque, she said.
Under my leadership, Labour won't give the Tories a blank cheque.
However, each bank has their own policies and some do not give out these facilities if a blank cheque is not issued.