What was yonder cheque which Major Delamere proposed I should cash but a piece of bad money?
"Roundabout Papers" by William Makepeace Thackeray
One pays for something one has got or is going to get, and as we can rule out both reasons, the cheque is bad.
"The Girl From Keller's" by Harold Bindloss
They were in a bad way, and were knocking down their cheques beautifully when Peter M'Laughlan came along.
"Children of the Bush" by Henry Lawson
Isn't 'No account' very bad on a cheque, Captain 'Oshspur?
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
Believe me, then, I am not bad,
Though in my youth I had to trek
Because I happened to have had
Some difficulties with a cheque.
What forgery in some might be
Is absentmindedness in me!
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
And so I say: "That's just too bad.
But Mister Jones. it's very sad,
You know what losses we have had.
We must cut down in times like these,
So here's a cheque, Oh take it please -
'Twill help to pay your doctor's fees.
"The Key Of The Street" by Robert W Service