American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An inspection or investigation that is carried out at random or limited to a few instances.
- n. idiomatic A cursory inspection or examination or the inspection or examination of a sample of something.
- v. idiomatic To inspect or examine briefly, or by sampling.
- n. a check on work performance or product quality made at random times without warning
“She had thought of turning on lights, but there was a chance that a spot check by the college’s automatic monitors would record the fact; and then Miss Eulate, the Senior Counselor of Section Ninety-two, was likely to show up during the morning to remind Telzey that a fifteen-year-old girl, even if she happened to be a privileged Star Honor Student, simply must get in her full and regular sleep periods.”
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