a bank check bearing a signature but no stated amount.
unrestricted authority; a free hand:
He was given a blank check in the choice of personnel for the new department.
Unrestricted authority, a free hand, as in I’ll support most of the chairman’s agenda, but I’m not ready to give him a blank check for the company’s future. Literally this term signifies a bank check that is signed by the drawer but does not indicate the amount of money, which is filled in by the person to whom it is given. [ Late 1800s ]
an endorsement on a check or note naming no payee, and therefore payable to bearer. noun an endorsement on a bill of exchange, cheque, etc, naming no payee and thus making the endorsed sum payable to the bearer Also called endorsement in blank
noun a signed cheque on which the amount payable has not been specified complete freedom of action Historical Examples Hard Cash Charles Reade Red Rose and Tiger Lily L. T. Meade From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade Frederic C. Curry A Dog with a Bad Name Talbot Baines Reed […]
a shotgun shell containing powder but no shot.