rubber stamp[rub′ər stamp′]
rubber stamp definition by Webster's New World
- 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
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- to put the impression of a rubber stamp on
- ☆ Informal to approve or endorse in a routine manner, without thought
routinely approved or approving
rubber stamp definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
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transitive verb rub·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.
rubber stamp - Phrases/Idioms
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]