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rubber stamp

a device with a rubber printing surface that becomes coated with ink by being pressed on an ink-saturated pad, used for imprinting dates, addresses, standard designations or notices, etc., by hand.
a person or government agency that gives approval automatically or routinely.
such approval.
Origin of rubber stamp


[ruhb-er-stamp] /ˈrʌb ərˈstæmp/
verb (used with object)
to imprint with a rubber stamp.
to give approval automatically or without consideration:
to rubber-stamp the president's proposals.
tending to give approval automatically or without due consideration:
a rubber-stamp Congress that passed all the president's bills.
1915-20; v. use of rubber stamp Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rubber stamp
  • The notary public's seal shall either be a seal press or a rubber stamp.
  • However, notaries public may use an embosser seal in addition to the rubber stamp.
  • The use of a rubber stamp of the same size, design and content as that of the embossing seal is permissible.
  • From a practical standpoint, an inked rubber stamp photocopies much more easily than a seal impression.
  • The infamous rubber stamp is always readily at hand.
  • With the legislature reduced to a rubber stamp, the risk is that political conflict will move to the streets.
  • Notary stamp seals can be purchased at office supply stores, stationary stores and rubber stamp companies.
  • The physician must initial and completely date all rubber-stamped signatures at the time the rubber stamp is used.
  • They can be purchased from a bonding company or an independent office or rubber stamp supplier.
  • Also, acquisition of the rubber stamp is your responsibility.
British Dictionary definitions for rubber stamp

rubber stamp

a device used for imprinting dates or commonly used phrases on forms, invoices, etc
automatic authorization of a payment, proposal, etc, without challenge
a person who makes such automatic authorizations; a cipher or person of little account
verb (transitive)
to imprint (forms, invoices, etc) with a rubber stamp
(informal) to approve automatically
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Idioms and Phrases with rubber stamp

rubber stamp

A person or organization that automatically approves or endorses a policy without assessing its merit; also, such an approval or endorsement. For example, The nominating committee is merely a rubber stamp; they approve anyone the chairman names, or The dean gave his rubber stamp to the recommendations of the tenure committee. This metaphoric term alludes to the rubber printing device used to imprint the same words over and over. [ Early 1900s ]
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