spot check

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  • spot-check is another common spelling for the verb, somewhat less commonly used for the noun.


spot check (plural spot checks)

  1. (idiomatic) A cursory inspection or examination or the inspection or examination of a sample of something.
    They do not measure each one, but they do a spot check on a few parts before shipping.


spot check (third-person singular simple present spot checks, present participle spot checking, simple past and past participle spot checked)

  1. (idiomatic) To inspect or examine briefly, or by sampling.
    They spot check the rooms periodically for problems.