hot check

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From sense hot (illegal, stolen) – compare hot property (stolen goods).

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hot check (plural hot checks)

  1. (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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