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checkered career

A history of employment characterized by many different kinds of jobs or by many alternating periods of success and failure. I had a checkered career after high school, taking any kind of work that I could find. I don't know if I would trust your finances to him, he's had a rather checkered career from what I've heard.
See also: career, checkered

take the checkered flag

To finish in first place in an auto racing competition. (Spelled in British English as "take the chequered flag.") Primarily heard in US. Neck and neck right up until the final moments of the race, photo analysis revealed that it was Steinman who took the checkered flag.
See also: checkered, flag, take

checkered career

A background that includes many changes, especially of employment. For example, Heather's had a checkered career, hopping from one city to another and one job to another . This expression, first recorded in 1881, uses checkered in the sense of "constantly alternating," much like the squares on a checkerboard.
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Built in response to this increase in vendor conveyancer fraud, the Lawyer Checker database has been created to demonstrate whether or not an account has had a track record of successful use within conveyancing.
Many checker problems arise from the old-fashioned idea that formal writing is preferable to informal writing, a spurious notion responsible for much of the poor writing we see in business, academe and the professions.
the Hall of Champions event brought together some of the world's top computer programs playing backgammon, bridge, checkers, chess, Go, Othello, and Scrabble.
While I rarely checker the bottom of my forends there is nothing wrong in doing so if that's the way you want it.
With Checker 3G, the user chooses whether to configure the sensor as a presence sensor or measurement sensor.
A March 17 article about insurance problems at Checker Cabs contained a number of serious factual errors.
They'll tell how a grammar checker assessed the prose of John Milton and declared that the revered poet was better suited for a career as a dental hygienist.
To ascertain a proof's validity, a checker has merely to examine, say, a few dozen statements.
Yellow Checker Cab will contribute $2 from each fare generated by a "Pink Ride" in October 2011
The Checker 252 model from Cognex contains all inspection capabilities of the award-winning Checker vision sensor family, plus additional software sensors that verify height, width and diameter and deliver reliable pass/fail results on high-speed production lines.
In addition to those three "Ps," a fourth element that might help is Miles Gilbert's Learn to Checker Kit, Deluxe Version from Battenfield Technologies (573/445-9200).
Hundreds of Checker Cabs have been crisscrossing the city for six months without insurance, victims of an alleged insurance scam that could leave riders scrambling for a resolution to their claims.
Today, the checker program he and his colleagues developed ranks among the top 10 checker players in the world.
Yellow Checker Cab urges others to donate in support of one of the largest food and fund drives in the nation
Cognex Corporation has added the Checker 232 model to its award-winning Checker vision sensor product line.