Definition of rubber stamp in English:

rubber stamp


  • 1A handheld device for inking and imprinting a message or design on a surface.

    • ‘Some of the false claims were made with false signatures of patients, while others saw him use a rubber stamp on forms that should have been signed.’
    • ‘Harland reaches for a rubber stamp at the corner of his desk.’
    • ‘Using the box or linoleum cutter, carve away the non-inked areas of the eraser; this will create a rubber stamp out of the raised surfaces.’
    • ‘There's a distinctly retro look to this space; '80s style phones alongside a big pile of papers receiving the imprint of a rubber stamp.’
    • ‘The result looks like an imprint from a branding iron or rubber stamp and initially will be stuck over the old name to reinforce its meaning, and the fact that it is only a change of image.’
    • ‘Notice how much finer detail you get from the laser cut in the clay on the left as opposed to the rubber stamp embossed into the clay on the right!’
    • ‘With a woodcut, as with the modern lino-cut, it's much harder: the artist has to use a chisel to gouge and carve away the wood on each side of the line, which stands up from the base of the woodcut like the letters on a rubber stamp.’
    • ‘Use a rubber stamp to ink the image repeatedly onto white cardstock; cut images out.’
    • ‘A facsimile signature imprinted by means of a rubber stamp can be just as thoughtfully executed by a person as can a mark.’
    • ‘At Ben-Gurion, all passengers who have completed luggage check-in pass through gates leading up to passport control, where they are cleared with a rubber stamp in their passport after a brief computer check.’
    • ‘The prison chaplain walked up to me and asked for my hand, on which he placed a rubber stamp.’
    • ‘Be warned: as a mold is put under heat and pressure every time a rubber stamp is created, it may only last for 40-60 stamp vulcanizations.’
    • ‘Stencil rollers have a raised pattern on a hard rubber roller, similar to a rubber stamp.’
    • ‘The image created is a reverse of the relief, just like the print from a rubber stamp.’
  • 2A person or organization that gives automatic approval or authorization to the decisions of others, without proper consideration.

    ‘the Commission were accused of being a rubber stamp for the police department’
    • ‘That does not mean that the Senate should serve merely as a rubber stamp.’
    • ‘The group was set up as a rubber stamp so that the government can say they consulted a lot of people, and I wasted my time, not to mention your money, in going.’
    • ‘We are not a rubber stamp to this president or to anybody else.’
    • ‘He simply wants to turn the Senate into the rubber stamp as he has turned the House of Representatives into a rubber stamp.’
    • ‘I aim to encourage closer links with communities and resources available and not just be a rubber stamp overseeing matters.’
    • ‘So they're basically passive and a rubber stamp, for all practical purposes.’
    • ‘In the past, the legislature acted as a rubber stamp for weapons procurement budgets.’
    • ‘The premier should get tough and refuse to be merely the rubber stamp for the president.’
    • ‘Everything still gets decided at national level, and the National Council is largely a rubber stamp that occasionally flexes a bit of muscle in referring proposed laws back to Parliament.’
    • ‘It has meant diminishing the significance of the UN to a rubber stamp.’
    • ‘‘Our committee is certainly not a rubber stamp,’ says Barker.’
    • ‘Whether it is merely a rubber stamp or a collective body, will be decided by historians in the future.’
    • ‘‘The association should not be seen as a rubber stamp for companies,’ said an institutional investor.’
    • ‘That Government has already made up its mind to turn right, but needs some kind of rubber stamp to make the decision appear to be democratic.’
    • ‘It is also possible that science continues to produce technology despite the fact that results are often faked, data is invented and peer review is merely a rubber stamp.’
    • ‘But Letham appeared undeterred, telling local radio yesterday that he did not think the alliance was a rubber stamp.’
    • ‘We are told that the Privileges Committee is a rubber stamp.’
    • ‘This a laudable attempt to try to depoliticize the council which has in the past often been a rubber stamp for whatever the government of the day wished.’
    • ‘Parliament has become little more than a rubber stamp for the president's wishes, while the government is run by faceless technocrats with no obvious talent, other than unquestioning loyalty.’
    • ‘The compensation committee should evaluate its relationship with management, and ask itself whether it could be viewed by outsiders as a rubber stamp.’
    1. 2.1An indication of automatic approval.
      ‘your application should get the rubber stamp from the residents' association’
      • ‘Faced with a review that would need to be more than a rubber stamp, the government seems to have mounted a diplomatic and media effort aimed at discrediting its own tribunal.’
      • ‘A lot of parents look to accreditation as a rubber stamp of a school's pedigree.’
      • ‘The long-term future of this funding is not guaranteed and the existing state aid package is still awaiting a rubber stamp from Brussels.’
      • ‘Critics said the procedure amounted to little more than a rubber stamp.’
      • ‘It is a rubber stamp for continued dictatorship and terrorism.’
      • ‘Why not just give it a rubber stamp and move ahead?’
      • ‘It was a complete rubber stamp with no acknowledgement of our case.’
      • ‘The rubber stamp comes despite continued concerns over the plan's inclusion of a spur with railway lines leading into the Town Beach bay.’
      authorization, permission, approval, assent, consent, sanction
      leave, clearance, warranty, agreement, imprimatur, one's blessing, green light, the seal of approval, the stamp of approval
      authority, licence, dispensation, empowerment, freedom, liberty
      the ok, the go-ahead, the thumbs up, the say-so, the nod
      permit, nihil obstat
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  • [with object] Approve automatically without proper consideration.

    ‘parliament merely rubber-stamped the decisions of the party’
    • ‘All they needed was for their followers to rubber-stamp that decision in the High Council.’
    • ‘As the Guardian went to press the committee was set to rubber stamp Mr Cole's recommendation for the crossing.’
    • ‘Councillors are being asked to rubber stamp planning permission for the facility because it is regarded as a local authority development.’
    • ‘Angry parents fighting to save the closure of a Rotherham school have vowed to take their fight all the way to the ballot box after councillors decided to rubber stamp a proposal to shut it.’
    • ‘The pay-outs by the former North Yorkshire Health Authority were rubber-stamped today by a judge sitting at Harrogate County Court.’
    • ‘So, I think that he's going to begin to see a reluctance to just rubber stamp every administration policy and just basically accept the principle that dissent is unpatriotic.’
    • ‘This is a massive step in the right direction and hopefully when the full approval is rubber-stamped in September, so many lives will be saved.’
    • ‘The executive members are expected to follow the Panel's recommendation and rubber stamp the decision.’
    • ‘If the cabinet found itself retrospectively rubber-stamping decisions for which it did not have adequate preparation, then it should have said so.’
    • ‘But instead of rubber-stamping the decision yesterday, the authority decided to hold a special meeting, within a month, to discuss the proposal.’
    • ‘The council is currently finalising details of the plans with the developer and is expected to rubber stamp planning permission any day.’
    • ‘All three boards rubber-stamped the decision to downgrade the two hospitals, turning them and other sites into local care hospitals without accident and emergency departments and other acute services.’
    • ‘This kind of attitude, he said, is also a consequence of the centralization of power, where decisions are taken behind closed doors and rubber-stamped by parliament.’
    • ‘It is as much of a talking shop as it has ever been, but I have always got the impression that it just rubber-stamps big decisions, rather than taking them itself.’
    • ‘The directive is expected to be rubber-stamped by the European parliament next month.’
    • ‘Local contractors must be extremely grateful to local councils as they continue to rubber stamp these dangerous and unnecessary obstructions to the free flow of traffic.’
    • ‘The Tribunal had a 98% conviction rate and merely rubber-stamped the Law Society's decisions.’
    • ‘He had the power to order a public inquiry, but has instead rubber-stamped the decision.’
    • ‘However, Congress is making it clear it will not simply rubber stamp the litany of recommendations.’
    • ‘Amid furious protests from the public, health bosses rubber-stamped the decision and work is about to start on the first stages of implementing the scheme.’
    approve, give one's seal of approval to, give one's stamp of approval to, agree to, consent to, assent to, acquiesce in, concur in, accede to, give one's blessing to, bless, say yes to, accept
    ratify, sanction, endorse, authorize, mandate, license, warrant, validate, pass
    confirm, support, back
    give one's leave, give one's permission
    give the go-ahead to, give the green light to, give the ok to, ok, give the thumbs up to, give the nod, say the word, buy
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