From sense hot (“illegal, stolen”) – compare hot property (“stolen goods”).
hot check (plural hot checks)
- (US, Texas) A check with non-sufficient funds (not enough money in the bank to back it up), written fraudulently.
- 1978, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, “There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang”, on I Would Like to See You Again, Columbia Records:
- And you don’t go writing hot checks down in Mississippi,
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