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spot check

An inspection or investigation that is carried out at random or limited to a few instances.

spot′-check′ v.

spot check

1. a quick random examination
2. a check made without prior warning
(tr) to perform a spot check on

spot′ check`

a random, quick sampling or investigation.


1. to examine or investigate with a spot check.
2. to conduct a spot check.
spot′-check`er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: check - a check on work performance or product quality made at random times without warning; "spot checks ensure a high level of performance by employees"
checkout, check-out procedure, check - the act of inspecting or verifying; "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"
فَحْص فُجائي
náhlá kontrola
stikkprufa, handahófskönnun
nečakaná kontrola
rastgele yapılan kontrol/soruşturma

spot check

ncontrollo casuale


(spot) noun
1. a small mark or stain (made by mud, paint etc). She was trying to remove a spot of grease from her skirt.
2. a small, round mark of a different colour from its background. His tie was blue with white spots.
3. a pimple or red mark on the skin caused by an illness etc. She had measles and was covered in spots.
4. a place or small area, especially the exact place (where something happened etc). There was a large number of detectives gathered at the spot where the body had been found.
5. a small amount. Can I borrow a spot of sugar?
verbpast tense, past participle ˈspotted
1. to catch sight of. She spotted him eventually at the very back of the crowd.
2. to recognize or pick out. No-one watching the play was able to spot the murderer.
ˈspotless adjective
very clean. a spotless kitchen.
ˈspotlessly adverb
ˈspotlessness noun
ˈspotted adjective
marked or covered with spots. Her dress was spotted with grease; a spotted tie.
ˈspotty adjective
(of people) covered with spots. a spotty face / young man.
ˈspottiness noun
spot check
an inspection made without warning, especially on items chosen at random from a group. We only found out about the flaw during a spot check on goods leaving the factory.
ˈspotlight noun
(a lamp for projecting) a circle of light that is thrown on to a small area.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈspotlit, ~ˈspotlighted
1. to light with a spotlight. The stage was spotlit.
2. to show up clearly or draw attention to. The incident spotlighted the difficulties with which we were faced.
in a spot
in trouble. His failure to return the papers on time put her in a spot.
on the spot
1. at once. She liked it so much that she bought it on the spot; (also adjective) an on-the-spot decision.
2. in the exact place referred to; in the place where one is needed. It was a good thing you were on the spot when he had his heart attack; (also adjective) tour on-the-spot reporter.
3. (especially with put) in a dangerous, difficult or embarrassing position. The interviewer's questions really put the Prime Minister on the spot.
spot on
very accurate or exactly on the target. His description of Mary was spot on!
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Many seminar attendees did not understand or could not explain the steps of a standard spot check form.
Taipei, March 22, 2011 (CENS)--The Department of Health (DOH) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) will jointly carry out from today (March 22) intensified spot check on radiation of imported Japanese goods, including foods, daily necessities, and industrial components/parts, to ward off radiation-contaminated products from entering the island.
Inspector Jed White, neighbourhood policing commander for Lichfield, said: "My officers were shocked when they did a spot check and found 236 vehicles parked up and left unlocked - an open invitation to someone with theft on their mind.
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