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a blank check

1. Literally, a check 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 check 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 check to increase salaries and restructure his department. After the fifth murder, the city's police officers were given a blank check to use whatever resources they needed in order to find the serial killer before he struck again.
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blank check

freedom or permission to act as one wishes or thinks necessary. He's been given a blank check with regard to reorganizing the workforce. The new manager has been given no detailed instructions about how to train the staff. He just has a blank check.
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blank check

Unrestricted authority, a free hand, as in I'll support most of the chairman's agenda, but I'm not ready to give him a blank check for the company's future . Literally this term signifies a bank check that is signed by the drawer but does not indicate the amount of money, which is filled in by the person to whom it is given. [Late 1800s]
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The tenderer must offer the client at the same time submit a signed, stamped and blank blank check.
They rave and rant about cutting government spending and then take a deep breath and propose a blank check for the military.
By not requiring competitive bidding for new electricity supplies, this measure essentially hands the investor-owned utilities a blank check to spend their ratepayers' money.
is a newly organized blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more operating businesses.
Features for this check software include printing on less expensive blank check stock, print blank checks with MICR line to fill in manually at a later time, will add convenience and peace of mind to customer's new to home business operations.
Moore thanked the Weinsteins for ``100 percent support, zero percent interference, blank check.
a member of the House Budget Committee and the Joint Economic Committee, says the alliances might initially get a blank check.
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Former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson will stand trial July 14 on felony charges he stole a blank check, filled it out and cashed it, an assistant state attorney said Tuesday in Tallahassee, Fla.