You have a paycheck from your part-time job. You'd like to get cash instead of putting the money into your bank account. You go to a bank and ask the teller:
I'd like to cash this. Do I need to fill out a deposit slip or anything?
A "form" is a document with blank lines or boxes that you write informationinto. Forms were originally printed on paper, but now forms are common on the Internet. You can see them whenever you sign up for a new website and have to enter your name, email address, and other information.
To "fill out" a form means to write answers into the blank lines or boxes.
Here are some words that you can use after "fill out":
fill out an application
fill out paperwork
fill out a registration form
fill out a survey
Use this phrase to ask for services at stores, banks, and so on:
I'd like to send this via registered mail.
I'd like to cancel my membership.
"Cashing" a check means giving it to a bank, and getting the cash value of the check from them. You can "cash" a paycheck, a personal check, a tax-return check, etc.
A "slip" is like a form, but it's usually smaller than a full sheet of paper. Some examples of "slips" are:
- permissions slips (for school field trips, etc.)
- deposit slips
- wire transfer slips
- a pink slip (which is a piece of paper telling someone that they've been fired or laid off)
"Deposit slips" are pieces of paper that you have to fill out when you're depositing money into a bank account. You write your name, the amount of money you're depositing, your account number, and so on.
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