stop payment(redirected from stopping payments)
To prevent a bank check or wire transfer from being honored or processed and having the funds leave an account. The bank stopped payment when they suspected that the signature on the check had been forged. Unfortunately, as the direct debit has already been issued for this month, you'll have to call the bank to stop payment.
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Instruct a bank not to honor a check one has drawn, as in If that check was lost, we'll have to stop payment on it before issuing another. This usage was first recorded in 1722.
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.