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rubber stamp

noun
1.
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.
2.
a person or government agency that gives approval automatically or routinely.
3.
such approval.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90

rubber-stamp

[ruhb-er-stamp] /ˈrʌb ərˈstæmp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to imprint with a rubber stamp.
2.
to give approval automatically or without consideration:
to rubber-stamp the president's proposals.
adjective
3.
tending to give approval automatically or without due consideration:
a rubber-stamp Congress that passed all the president's bills.
Origin
1915-20; v. use of rubber stamp
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  • As long as the regulatory bodies continue to rubber-stamp these crops, exposures will be a run-away train.
  • Boards stacked with cronies too often still rubber-stamp excessively rich packages.
  • Parliament has become little more than a rubber-stamp.
  • Normally party congresses meet every five years to rubber-stamp decisions made by party leaders.
  • The rubber-stamp legislature has not been consulted.
  • Yet the partners had not been asked to rubber-stamp a decision handed down from above.
British Dictionary definitions for rubber-stamp

rubber stamp

noun
1.
a device used for imprinting dates or commonly used phrases on forms, invoices, etc
2.
automatic authorization of a payment, proposal, etc, without challenge
3.
a person who makes such automatic authorizations; a cipher or person of little account
verb (transitive)
4.
to imprint (forms, invoices, etc) with a rubber stamp
5.
(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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