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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.
This would have been met by Cofton, but now council taxpayers will be asked to sign a blank cheque."
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.
CAMPAIGN: Kevin Crowe in a Gordon Brown mask hands a blank cheque to a banker, David Waight (S)
"I prefer to play for a 'Blanco' (white-shirted) team than to accept a blank cheque," Van Nistelrooy declared.
Denmark's minister of justice Lene Espersen has reportedly issued a blank cheque to the Danish police for the preparations for the country's forthcoming European Union presidency.
The pro-life movement, on the other hand, especially the Catholics in it, recognized the legislation as neither moderate nor a compromise, but as a blank cheque to abortion-seeking women, and especially to abortion physicians, to go ahead without the danger of ever being prosecuted.
Canada's chartered banks are embracing automation with a blank cheque.
When I checked the safe, I discovered that three blank cheque leaves that had been signed by the owner were missing along with the suspect's passport.
CAROLINE Lucas accused Labour of giving "the Tories a lift to the bank" to cash in a Brexit "blank cheque" as she backed a second EU referendum.
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."
In the matter of blank cheque and stop payment, by endorsing a blank cheque with signature and handing it over to the beneficiary, the drawer of the cheque has effectively granted the beneficiary unqualified authority to fill in the amount.
"I am giving a blank cheque to all political parties for finalizing the terms of reference and all government departments would extend all out assistance to the committee to probe rigging allegations".
Summary: Be aware of legal issues before signing a blank cheque