Definition of Checkers from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Checkers

 
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the name of a dog that belonged to Richard Nixon. Nixon was accused of accepting money illegally when he was a candidate for Vice-President in 1952. He made an emotional speech on television and said the only gift he had accepted was his dog. This Checkers speech was a great success and made Nixon more popular. He was elected with President Eisenhower.