check the boxes
 v. phr.— «In lobbying parlance, this is known as “checking the boxes”—meticulously informing powerful congressmen and senators about a transaction they might want to weigh in on down the road. Lobbyists live by the rule that when it comes to senior government officials, surprises should be avoided at all costs.» —“Microsoft, Google Come Out Lobbying” by Jeffrey H. Birnbaum Washington Post Feb. 4, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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