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British pronunciation/blˈaŋk tʃˈɛk/
American pronunciation/blˈæŋk tʃˈɛk/
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completely free to act as one wishes

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blank check definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "blank check" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "blank check" can be traced back to the practice of signing a physical check without specifying the amount, allowing the recipient to fill in the desired sum. This literal concept of a blank check evolved into a metaphorical expression, symbolizing the granting of complete authority or freedom to someone. The idiom emphasizes the idea of trust and confidence in the recipient's judgment, as they are given the discretion to make decisions or take actions without preset limitations. It highlights the notion of unrestricted power, autonomy, and the absence of specific instructions or restrictions. It is commonly used in discussions about granting wide-ranging autonomy, particularly in politics, business, or personal relationships.

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a check that has been signed but with the amount payable left blank

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The artist was granted a blank check by the gallery to create an exhibition without any restrictions.
The parents entrusted their teenager with a blank check for their college education, allowing them to choose the university and course of study freely.
The CEO was given a blank check to restructure the company however she saw fit.
The politician's supporters argued that voting for him was like giving a blank check, as they believed in his ability to make sound decisions.
The politician's supporters argued that voting for him was like giving a blank check, as they believed in his ability to make sound decisions.
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