Posted by Lewis on August 06, 2007
In Reply to: The drop of a cheque posted by RRC on August 01, 2007
: : Does anyone know what is meant by: "they can do it at the drop of a cheque"?
: It would seem to be derived from "at the drop of a hat" which means quickly or at a moment's notice with the added notion of "as soon as you pay". It doesn't seem to be a popular phrase as there are only 8 Google hits one of which is a mis-typing of "drop OFF a cheque". Switching to American spelling only gives 20 more hits, all of which are of the "mis-typing of off" variety.
Shame that! I rather liked that usage - e.g. "Jordan will be there at the drop of a cheque" - suggesting an over-enthusiasm for celebrity 'appearances'.