One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To stamp a new pattern or mark on (a surface, object, etc.).
2with object To reimpress (a mark, image, etc.) on an object, surface, etc. Chiefly in figurative, especially spiritual, contexts; (now also figurative) to reassert or reaffirm (one's authority).
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Obadiah Walker (1616–1699), college head and author. From re- + stamp.
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