Meaning of spot check in English:

spot check

(also spot-check)


  • A test made without warning on a randomly selected subject.

    ‘I made a spot check on each engine’
    • ‘A spot check of people out shopping on a nice spring day offers insight into what must be a growing phenomenon: the company store.’
    • ‘In our spot check of more than 30 different routes, we found savings that ranged from as little as $5 to as much as $75.’
    • ‘The Scarborough scandal was uncovered when a spot check by the Audit Commission of 41 hospitals in England and Wales revealed that all but three issued false figures.’
    • ‘One wonders what would have happened had the Inland Revenue carried out a spot check.’
    • ‘When she appeared before magistrates five days later she was given an interim ban, but was caught drink driving again when police did a spot check on her car.’
    • ‘Instead PC Jones carried out a spot check on a central Bradford pub.’
    • ‘The landlord had arrived at the premises earlier in the afternoon to make a spot check, only to find that his tenant was not at home.’
    • ‘BBC Radio Five Live's Breakfast programme has carried out a spot check on the number of lorry drivers spending too long behind the wheel.’
    • ‘Standing up, I suddenly remembered that I hadn't done a spot check of all of the tables upon arrival.’
    • ‘If you don't believe me, do a spot check on some of your production databases.’
    • ‘Their normal job is to pull trucks and buses off the road and make spot checks of steering, brakes and so forth; they know the firms and drivers, and are known by them.’
    • ‘It's important for management to get behind the bar often, open the register, and do other spot checks for visible signs of stealing.’
    • ‘Its property management service includes spot checks, a documented inventory service, cleaning, furnishing packages, maintenance and repair services, and round-the-clock guest services.’
    • ‘The husband had me do spot checks here and there on her six months later, a year later.’
    • ‘If it were possible to check every person every time, we would not have a problem with crime, which is why spot checks are only relatively effective but still very necessary.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a system of spot checks keeps prices in line.’
    • ‘Employees can refer complaints to the inspectors, who can then carry out spot checks of employer records and workplaces.’
    • ‘The Revenue Commissioners have also increased the number of spot checks on boats moored in marinas around Ireland.’
    • ‘The end-user should perform regular spot checks to keep the machine on track.’
    • ‘Periodic spot checks on bin content by the collection teams ensure that the right materials are directed to the right bins.’


[with object]
  • Subject to a spot check.

    ‘releases into the water of radionuclides are usually spot-checked rather than continuously monitored’
    • ‘A Cancap technologist tests the water daily; a military preventive medicine technician spot-checks it at all stages, and weekly samples are sent to an independent laboratory in the Persian Gulf.’
    • ‘No public accountant spot-checks his findings by ringing, say, 20 alleged Liberal voters.’
    • ‘If this general officer was so willing to pencil-whip his personal weapons qualification record, how willing and able do you think he was in spot-checking his troops?’
    • ‘‘If anyone could be spot-checked at any time there things wouldn't be so lax,’ says Steel.’
    • ‘More than 120 motor cycles were spot-checked for faults, resulting in four machines being clamped at the roadside for being untaxed.’
    • ‘He said school buses would be randomly spot-checked by two officers accompanied by a sniffer dog.’
    • ‘A Bug Watch team, made up of members of the public, will be invited to spot-check hospitals in Greater Manchester to see if they clean.’
    • ‘Woodridge, Illinois, restricts young people's access to tobacco products and spot-checks stores for compliance.’
    • ‘Vehicles were dispatched for up to a month, but the battalion's maintenance tech, CW2 Vangorder, spot-checked them on a daily basis.’
    • ‘The data gathered in this manner were spot-checked by randomly selecting 30 of the 83 stem elements and directly measuring stem diameter, length and elevation on the intact tree.’
    • ‘When I spot-checked some stats it seemed to be true.’
    • ‘In previous posts, I've spot-checked some of Sergeant's other claims about differences between French and English.’
    • ‘Anita's eyes gleamed as she spot-checked the two girls.’
    • ‘People should be spot-checked during peak times and asked what their legitimate reason for not being there at a quieter time is.’
    • ‘The test director and his colleagues spot-check the data.’
    • ‘The portable instrument would be similar to the wands used by security personnel to spot-check a passenger.’
    • ‘Participants will sign a declaration to say that they no longer smoke and are happy to have their carbon monoxide levels randomly spot-checked to monitor their smoking status.’
    • ‘Checklists are helpful when spot-checking to see how plans are being carried out.’
    • ‘The listings that I spot-checked were correct, and there were no obvious omissions.’
    • ‘Was this story among the ones you spot-checked to see if an editor had been provided with names?’


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