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rubber check

A check that draws upon a bank account which does not have enough funds to cover the amount. The check is called "rubber" because it "bounces" (i.e., it is not honored because of insufficient funds). Primarily heard in US. The man was finally arrested after years of writing rubber checks to businesses all around the country.
See also: check, rubber
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rubber check

A check drawn on an account without the funds to pay it, as in He's been handing out rubber checks right and left, but the police have caught up with him . The rubber alludes to the fact that, like rubber, the check "bounces," in this case back from the bank. [Slang; c. 1920]
See also: check, rubber
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

rubber cheque

a cheque that is returned unpaid. informal humorous
The expression plays on the idea of a cheque that ‘bounces’, or is unpaid because there are insufficient funds in the drawer's account to cover it.
See also: cheque, rubber
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

rubber (check)

n. a check that bounces; a forged check. (see also bounce.) The bank says I wrote a rubber check, but I’m sure there was enough money on deposit.
See also: check, rubber
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Only one check written by a company for the amount of US$21.56 million exceeded the threshold for rubber checks at US$3.13 million during the month.
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Last year, embarrassed by rubber checks and a House Post Office that gave away stamps but charged for cocaine, incumbents made a solemn vow: Hey, we'll cut the staff.
As a result, the rate of rubber checks bounced to a record low of 0.31% in May, according to the central bank here.