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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 chequered flag

To finish in first place in an auto racing competition. Primarily heard in UK. Neck and neck right up until the final moments of the race, photo analysis revealed that it was Steinman who took the chequered flag.
See also: chequer, flag, take
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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.
See also: career, checkered
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.

take the chequered flag

finish first in a race.
In motor racing a chequered flag is used to signify that the winner has passed the finishing post.
See also: chequer, flag, take
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A range of 2.0-litre allwheel-drive powertrains are available on the Chequered Flag cars beginning with a performance-focused 250ps 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol model, which powers it from 0-60mph in 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 135mph.
Inside, the Chequered Flag Edition benefits from 10-way electrically adjustable heated front seats, heated steering wheel and a 12.3-inch digital driver display.
However Mr Baker - who backed former foreign secretary Boris Johnson's conference call to "chuck Chequers" - said she would face a "substantial" revolt unless she changed course.
The former foreign secretary - who quit Mrs May's Cabinet in July in protest at the Chequers plan - was mobbed by reporters as he arrived to speak to a packed 1,500-seater hall on the fringe of the Tory conference.
In a separate interview yesterday with Sky Mr Johnson had said that, despite the EU formally rejecting Chequers, it would be a "great deal for them".
But ERG leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said: "The policy needs to change, not the person." And ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis, who quit over Chequers, said Mrs May "is a very good Prime Minister".
A total of 75 per cent of respondents were unhappy with the UK Government's handling of the Brexit negotiations and 84 per cent had "seen, read or heard" something about the Chequers Deal.
Baker, who resigned along with two senior ministers in May's cabinet in protest to the Chequers, added that if the 80 or more conservative lawmakers, from a total of 315 Tories in the parliament, vote against the Chequers, it would become absolutely difficult for May to persuade EU negotiators that she could finalize any agreement with the bloc relying on the votes of the opposition Labour party.
Mr Davis also warned that Mrs May's statement that she would not be "pushed into accepting compromises on the Chequers proposals that are not in our national interest" risked becoming an "an incredible open sesame to all".
Ministers can use three stately homes Chequers, Chevening and Dorneywood as well as living quarters in London at Carlton Gardens, Admiralty House plus 10 and 11 Downing Street.
There was a galaxy of stars in Abu Dhabi at the weekend gracing the red carpet at the annual Chequered Flag Ball.
Summary: Inviting Andy Coulson to Chequers after his resignation was a "normal, human thing" for David Cameron to do, William Hague has said.
Beti Jones, Jo Meredith and Susie Mustin Guests and VIPs spent a night at The Chequers Pub & Restaurant at Cutnall Green, celebrating the pub's new look, with Laurent-Perrier Champagne.
CHERIE Blair has poached a key member of staff from the Prime Minister's country residence Chequers to work at her own mansion just down the road.