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chequered, esp US checkered /ˈtʃɛkəd/ adj
  1. marked by fluctuations of fortune (esp in the phrase a chequered career)

chequer, US checker /ˈtʃɛkə/ n
  1. any of the marbles, pegs, or other pieces used in the game of Chinese chequers
  2. a pattern consisting of squares of different colours, textures, or materials
  3. one of the squares in such a pattern
vb (transitive)
  1. to make irregular in colour or character; variegate
  2. to mark off with alternating squares of colour

See also chequersEtymology: 13th Century: chessboard, from Anglo-French escheker, from eschec check

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