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English definition of “spot check”

spot check

noun [C]
 
 
an examination of a company, activity, or process to make sure that everything is being done according to the rules, without warning the people involved that this is going to happen: a spot check of/on sth Since last year's disclosure of illegal practices, there has been an increase in spot checks of local offices.make/do/carry out a spot check Lenders can make spot checks to see whether you have defaulted on past loans.
(Definition of spot check from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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