Meaning of “counterfoil” in the English Dictionary

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"counterfoil" in British English

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counterfoilnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkaʊn.tə.fɔɪl/ us /ˈkaʊn.t̬ɚ.fɔɪl/ UK US also UK stub

Examples from literature

  • But, you see, most of my counterfoils are blank! 
  • He took an opportunity, when the young man's back was turned, of examining his counterfoils. 
  • I do not think he believed me, even when I showed him the counterfoil of my cheque-book, and the amount of a remittance I sent to Robert next day. 
  • Idly I picked up the cheque-book—and absently fingered the leaves—then my eye caught a counterfoil where I had chanced to open it. 
  • The young woman turned over a sheaf of counterfoils. 

(Definition of “counterfoil” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"counterfoil" in Business English

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counterfoilnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkaʊntəfɔɪl/ us UK

the part of a ticket, cheque, etc. which you keep as a record of payment:

We suggest that you retain the counterfoil as proof of purchase.
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(Definition of “counterfoil” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)