rubber stamp[rub′ər stamp′]
- a stamp () made of rubber, pressed on an inking pad and used for printing signatures, dates, emblems, etc.
- ☆ Informal
- a person, bureau, legislature, etc. that approves or endorses something in a routine manner, without thought
- any routine approval
- to put the impression of a rubber stamp on
- ☆ Informal to approve or endorse in a routine manner, without thought
routinely approved or approving
- A piece of rubber affixed to a handle and bearing raised characters used to make ink impressions, as of names or dates.
- also rub·ber·stamp a. A person or body that gives perfunctory approval or endorsement of a policy without assessing its merit.b. A perfunctory approval or endorsement.
transitive verbrub·ber-stamped, rub·ber-stamp·ing, rub·ber-stamps
- To mark with the imprint of a rubber stamp.
- To endorse, vote for, or approve without question or deliberation.
- (figuratively) Of a person, organisation, or process, making decisions or approving matters routinely or without real power, as rubber stamp politics, a rubber stamp committee.
(plural rubber stamps)
- A piece of rubber or similar material with a design or text carved or molded for the purpose of transferring ink or dye to imprint that design on another object.
- The library had a rubber stamp to imprint the due date.
- (figuratively) A person or organisation who approves, routinely or as a formality, matters decided by some other person or organisation.
(third-person singular simple present rubber stamps, present participle rubber stamping, simple past and past participle rubber stamped)