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 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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WELSH Conservatives have challenged the Labour Party in Alyn and Deeside to rule out giving a blank cheque to Carwyn Jones for an M4 relief road.
Shabaan said in one case, a man signed a blank cheque 15 years ago when he started a business with his partner.
Speaking at a launch event in Hackney, Ms Lucas said: "Not only has Labour given the Tories a blank cheque for a hard Brexit, they've given the Tories a lift to the bank and helped them cash it in.
Speaking at a launch event in Hackney, Ms Lucas said of the Opposition: "Not only has Labour given the Tories a blank cheque for a hard Brexit, they've given the Tories a lift to the bank and helped them cash it in.
Question: I have a blank cheque on which the date and amount are not written.
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.
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.
Signing a blank cheque without mentioning the amount, the date or the name of the beneficiary does not safeguard the issuer from being incriminated if at the time the cheque is submitted to the bank for clearance it contains all details
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.