Definition of stamp in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Bring down (one's foot) heavily on the ground or on something on the ground.

    ‘he stamped his foot in frustration’
    no object ‘he threw his cigarette down and stamped on it’
    figurative ‘Robertson stamped on all these suggestions’
    • ‘I stamped my feet and rubbed my hands together as it was bitter that night.’
    • ‘Jeter, pouting and petulant, stamped his feet and flung his hat around in the dugout.’
    • ‘I brought Russet back in, stamped my feet on the rug, and took off his leash.’
    • ‘We had a choice between stamping on it or putting it in a clear sweet jar - we didn't pick it up or anything.’
    • ‘When things didn't go as I wanted them, instead of stamping my feet or shouting, I lashed out.’
    • ‘Andrew quickly stepped into action and stamped out the the smoldering tip of the curtain and looked back to glare at Char who was only smiling sheepishly.’
    • ‘His feet stamped hard on the ground, like a steady beat of the drum issuing a warning.’
    • ‘Most of this boils down to stamping tiny feet in impotent rage.’
    • ‘We all start stamping our feet and calling for the obligatory encore.’
    • ‘But then the dancers would turn to the audience and we would be clapping along and stamping our feet.’
    • ‘He got up and stamped his feet in fury, pulling his hair in angry humiliation.’
    • ‘Richard Holloway made a positively scintillating speech at the council's Festival bash the other night, an effort that had the entire company cheering, whistling and stamping their feet.’
    • ‘She kept her feet warm, as did many others, by stamping her feet to the music of Ron Williams, an expat American now living in Germany.’
    • ‘Laura screamed, stamping her heeled foot on the ground loudly.’
    • ‘She waited, stamping her tiny foot on the ground impatiently.’
    • ‘I will surely be careful when clapping my hands or stamping my feet around strangers.’
    • ‘Were they stamping their feet because it was getting cold?’
    • ‘I was on the edge of my seat, listening and watching with gaping mouth as Kennedy was playing, stamping his feet, waving his bow, sweat pouring down the back of his bright orange t-shirt.’
    • ‘Madelaine Hudson sang and played guitar, accompanied by African drums and pennywhistle, then a group of belly dancers from Orbost got the crowd clapping their hands and stamping their feet.’
    • ‘I've got them stamping their feet, clapping their hands, singing at one point and then doing a small bit of acting.’
    1. 1.1 Crush, flatten, or remove with a heavy blow from one's feet.
      ‘she stamped the snow from her boots’
      • ‘There was a small fire, as only one of the devices had exploded, and they were able to stamp it out.’
      • ‘So then you stamp on it like you're stamping on an angry scorpion, and BANG.’
      • ‘He yelps in pain, and stamps out the smouldering portion of fabric with his foot.’
      • ‘They used diggers and metal cutters, and stamped down material by thumping it with the bucket of an excavator.’
      • ‘He tried to stamp it out and friends were trying to waft it out.’
      • ‘As she walked into the corridor of the flat she saw a spark on the carpet and stamped it out but when she pushed back the part-open bedroom door she saw flames licking the furniture and her belongings.’
      • ‘Within thirty seconds, footsteps could be heard coming down the path, so the fire was stamped out.’
      trample, step, tread, tramp
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    2. 1.2no object, with adverbial of direction Walk with heavy, forceful steps.
      ‘John stamped off, muttering’
      • ‘And, you know, they're always walking out and stamping out and tearing up agreements and all that.’
      • ‘Big sleek black Nonius horses - another speciality of the Hortobágy - were stamping and whickering to each other as we wandered around the open-air market on the puszta near the village.’
      • ‘His heavy boots stamped down the hallway and gradually faded off.’
      • ‘So tomorrow I will bring it to work, put it in a common area, mutter LAWYERS and stamp off scowling.’
      • ‘It's a natural, healthy process and it shouldn't be mistaken for crisis any more than a child stamping and screaming ‘I hate you’ when told to eat its greens is bound for a lifetime of therapy.’
      • ‘They cut their names with penknives on the walls of the building and stamped around on the mosaic floors in heavy boots.’
      • ‘This discomfort increases sharply in situations where collective hysteria is liable to hold sway: clapping, stamping, cheering, whooping, dancing, that sort of caper.’
      • ‘However, York ran into a bad period when lock Brad Macdonald was yellow carded and then, a few minutes later, long-serving lock Spanton was sent off in a hotly disputed incident as the referee penalised him for stamping.’
      • ‘I turned and walked - okay, stamped - rather sulkily down the beach.’
      • ‘Casting a sharp glance in my direction, he paced off some metres, stamping past a series of unoccupied benches, to drum out his male fury next to some poor couple who had been sunning themselves in peace up to that point.’
      • ‘Moseley edged ahead with a Stephen Nutt penalty ten minutes into the second half but when Harrogate flanker Steve Hobson was dismissed for stamping soon after, Moseley's confidence soared.’
      • ‘I was gratified and somewhat surprised to find the Apparitional One stamping into the kitchen, beaming, and holding out five whole pounds - since it is us, normally speaking, that pay him.’
      stomp, stump, clomp, clump, tramp, thunder, lumber, trudge
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  • 2Impress a pattern or mark, especially an official one, on (a surface, object, or document) using an engraved or inked block or die or other instrument.

    ‘the woman stamped my passport’
    • ‘During this period the court painter Sir Peter Lely made the first collection of old master drawings systematically stamped with a collector's mark.’
    • ‘He says that it's a ridiculous requirement to have to sign and stamp documents for just about every process.’
    • ‘Some pieces bear Lebkuecher's hallmark of an L within the arc of a quarter moon, but all seem to be stamped with a four or five digit number, usually beginning with zero.’
    • ‘Many companies are designing products to be easily disassembled, and stamping components with codes signifying their chemical composition.’
    • ‘Every document is stamped excessively with the words ‘Classified’ or ‘Top Secret.’’
    • ‘Mounting foam is also needed to ensure the block the stamp is mounted on does not come in contact with the surface to be stamped.’
    • ‘As they are stamped with the black mark of being a convict, it becomes extremely difficult for them to fetch an employment.’
    • ‘Each record will be stamped with the user name and date and time of entry and will provide an accurate and thorough audit of health center activity throughout the camp season.’
    • ‘Lay the fabric over the design, and stamp the fabric in areas to complement the embroidery.’
    • ‘Once bowls are tested by an official tester, they will be stamped with an oval logo inside. which is the number 11.’
    • ‘The new leaflets, to be re-issued from next week, will be stamped with the word " checked " to confirm their validity.’
    • ‘Sidewalks and crosswalks were stamped with a brick pattern and chemically stained.’
    • ‘Inside of the box was a single, lone file that was stamped with a ‘Highly Confidential’ seal.’
    • ‘They will be stamped with his seal, numbered by his wife Tessa and will be accompanied by a letter of authentication.’
    • ‘We nodded, and he handed us our pink and blue marriage certificate, stamped with the Great Seal of the State of California.’
    • ‘The belt and holster have both been stamped with this unique design and then accented with border stampings.’
    • ‘Willem's passport is stamped with its first stamp.’
    • ‘He had never entered the lottery before and he had assumed that his entry form would be stamped with a code of some sort.’
    • ‘The tickets and transfers will be stamped with magnetic strips that will digitally communicate the value of the ticket or the time expiry of a transfer to the fare box.’
    • ‘The metallic surface has been stamped and antiqued using Adirondack Alcohol inks.’
    imprint, print, impress, punch, inscribe, engrave, chase, etch, carve, emboss, deboss, brand, frank, mark, label
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    1. 2.1 Impress (a pattern or mark) on something by engraving or inking.
      ‘a key with a number stamped on the shaft’
      figurative ‘it's one of those records that has ‘classic’ stamped all over it’
      • ‘Ever since the first hunter-gatherer decided to hang up his spear and go into the farming business, mankind has stamped his mark upon the land.’
      • ‘In every passing era, the images of celebrities have been stamped on popular culture.’
      • ‘Their unabashed experimentalism lifts Demon Days far beyond the ‘urban’ label it will probably be stamped with.’
      • ‘Under the sentence, a signature or logo of sorts had been stamped on in black ink - a sun and a half-moon.’
      • ‘Nevertheless it has to be said that there have been some women who have stamped their mark on history so let's honour those women here and look at their significant role in shaping the world and made women what they are today.’
      • ‘Each police commissioner stamps his mark not only on the London force but on national policing.’
      • ‘As a courtesy and a precaution, she stamps instructions on the back of each frame with information regarding what kind of hooks to use and how many inches to space them apart.’
      • ‘Her image is seen stamped on every moon cake, and artefact connected to the festival.’
      • ‘At present all meat products that can be exported have an oval mark stamped on the carcass by the Meat Hygiene Service.’
      • ‘It starts with their personalities, which are very different, but which are equally stamped on their new teams.’
      • ‘All this was stamped on a background of indigo blue dotted with white as the stars winked at us from far away.’
      • ‘The quality assurance card also has a unique identification number, which is stamped on the jewellery in addition to a detailed description of the piece of jewellery.’
      • ‘It was so obvious it could have been stamped on her forehead.’
      • ‘Safari tourism has stamped its mark indelibly on Africa.’
      • ‘The boy turned towards the door on the left wall and ran the bar code that was stamped on the bottom of the ticket under a box-like thing that jutted out of the wall.’
      • ‘Both women hope to stamp a new mark on the contest and make it one of Ireland's premiere events.’
      • ‘This was not carried through into the final slip which was stamped on 21 January 1997, though all the other changes were.’
      • ‘Some call it progress, and the signs are everywhere across Macau and its two satellite islands of Taipa and Coloane, all fighting hard to stamp their mark on the tourist map of south-east Asia.’
      • ‘The address had been stamped with one of those generic, black stamps that made things more convenient.’
      • ‘The correct air pressure should be stamped on the tire itself.’
      fix, inscribe, etch, carve, imprint, impress, register
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    2. 2.2 Make (something) by cutting it out with a die or mold.
      ‘the knives are stamped out from a flat strip of steel’
      • ‘Some bills are stamped from playful denominations carved into insulation boards.’
      • ‘Hollow-back shovels are usually stamped from a metal sheet that's rolled over to create a depression called a frog.’
      • ‘Meireles's marionette is stamped from thin rubber and was suspended from a rotating rod at the ceiling.’
      shape, form, fashion, model, work, construct, frame, make, create, configure, manufacture, design, sculpt, sculpture, throw
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    3. 2.3 Reveal or mark out as having a particular character, quality, or ability.
      ‘his style stamps him as a player to watch’
      • ‘As happens to most men of such quality who attack the accepted smugness and intellectual sloth of their times, he was stamped as a perverse pugnacious fellow who delighted in being against the wisdom of the age.’
      • ‘By working in some 2,600 consecutive contests, he was stamped as the "Iron Man" of the umpires.’
      identify, characterize, brand, distinguish, mark out, set apart, single out, designate, categorize, classify
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  • 3Affix a postage stamp or stamps onto (a letter or package)

    ‘Annie stamped the envelope for her’
    • ‘The famous name, stamped in gold letters on a green background, leaves you in no doubt as to the pedigree of this more sober-suited car.’
    • ‘Yeats painted the little scene across both front and back of a paper envelope which was then stamped and franked when he posted it to John Masefield in 1905.’
    • ‘This is a great way to use those individual alphabet stamps for words or phrases instead of stamping one letter at a time.’
    • ‘Post offices are no longer sleepy places where letters just get stamped and sent.’
    • ‘We have no idea of Joe's medical history, but were we to see his files, they would be stamped in bold, red letters: SANE.’
    • ‘On August 31, 2001, Kitty stamped her last letter as postmistress of the local post office.’
    • ‘Across the bottom the word ‘APPROVED’ was stamped in big, bold letters.’
    • ‘They then have to be folded and put into envelopes to be stamped.’
  • 4Crush or pulverize (ore).

    • ‘The ore was stamped fine, roasted, and amalgamated in combination pans without grinding.’
    • ‘The simplest tariffs are those applying to ores which are treated in a stamp-mill, where the ore is stamped, passed over amalgamated plates where the gold is extracted to as large an extent as possible, and the tailing treated on concentrating tallies.’


  • 1An instrument for stamping a pattern or mark, in particular an engraved or inked block or die.

    • ‘‘If you look here you'll find your visa stamp,’ he said pointing out to a stamp on a piece of string attached to the shack wall.’
    • ‘With the fingers of your other hand, press on the back of the stamp to make the impression.’
    • ‘With eyes closed, each one pushes his imprint stamp against his item.’
    • ‘Daniels invented concrete stamps that can imprint curving border patterns in concrete.’
    • ‘Hathaway used a variety of stamps to mark his tools.’
    • ‘The block stamp was placed on the reverse of the DN to avoid obscuring clinical information on the face.’
    • ‘Another advantage is that you can actually group stamps on the same block and print them together.’
    • ‘Relief printing uses the principle of a stamp in that the artist cuts away from a block what is not needed in the design.’
    • ‘He even makes his own stamps and tools for the tooling process.’
    • ‘He has a predilection for wallpaper and wrapping paper, to which he applies repetitive motifs using stamps made from cut and engraved blocks of wood dipped in printer's ink or paint.’
    • ‘A wood-block stamp dipped in fabric paint leaves an ethnic-looking tattoo with turquoise bead accents.’
    1. 1.1 A mark or pattern made by a stamping instrument, especially one indicating official validation or certification.
      ‘passports with visa stamps’
      figurative ‘the emperor gave them his stamp of approval’
      • ‘We get a stamp in our passports, which includes a visa for three months.’
      • ‘He conceded that the placing of his stamp on the drawing indicated his approval of the drawing.’
      • ‘During the raid, Dimitrov confiscated the official stamps of four customs officers.’
      • ‘You've really given the stamp of official approval to one expert when in fact he might be totally wrong in his approach, and then once again, he has to be subjected to challenge if necessary.’
      • ‘You receive numerous documents with official looking stamps, seals and logo testifying to the authenticity of the proposal.’
      • ‘The stamp only indicates that it has been constructed and tested to minimum standards of construction and flotation.’
      • ‘After cleaning, Mr Stone knew what a significant find he held in his hand because of the characteristic individual stamps in the shape of a stylised rosette.’
      • ‘Six pages had been taken out of that passport and it did not have a stamp indicating her entry into the United States.’
      • ‘She carefully checked the business license number and examined the official stamp on my invitation letter from all directions.’
      • ‘In order to be absolutely sure, the comrade responsible for burden relief stamped the document with an official stamp.’
      • ‘Only royalty declaring economic deals required the stamp of official state sanction.’
      • ‘Dr. Petit would see the patients, and I would put an official stamp on a document.’
      • ‘Minutes later, when I was finally alone, I confirmed that Dolores' work permit was no fake, that its official stamp was the real McCoy.’
      • ‘The most recent Supreme Court ruling effectively underlines this process, giving it the stamp of constitutional legitimacy.’
      • ‘Also, the threats have come from several different sources and some of these had an official stamp and were delivered to me directly.’
      • ‘Another word of warning, make sure the seed packet has an official government stamp on it, there are some fakes around!’
      • ‘Probably, it will stand out among all web sites on Madurai, providing authentic information about the district, for it comes with the official stamp.’
      • ‘His claims were regarded as exaggerated but thousands of dollars and fake passports and visa stamps were found in his house.’
      • ‘It's all very safe, and given the stamp of official approval.’
      • ‘These people are permitted into Korea because the visa stamp in their passports is legal and bona fide.’
    2. 1.2 A characteristic or distinctive impression or quality.
      ‘the whole project has the stamp of authority’
      • ‘Democracy confers a stamp of legitimacy that reforms must have to be effective.’
      • ‘Their Clyde, Gareloch and Lomond rental holiday homes have received the Scottish Tourist Board's Thistle Award, which is a guaranteed stamp of quality.’
      • ‘After all, Stephen Malkmus's musicianship is distinct and his artistic stamp on his music is unequivocal.’
      • ‘The courts in this country, besides, have put their final stamp of authority on the authenticity of her citizenship.’
      • ‘In Santa Rosa, this family-run operation bears the distinctive stamp of its Old World owner, Joe Matos.’
      • ‘Stephen could place his own sardonic stamp on what were in some cases widely shared late Victorian literary tastes.’
      • ‘For centuries, Africans and their descendants have crossed oceans and lands to put their unique stamp on the history of the Western Hemisphere.’
      • ‘Their truthfulness to immediate experience gave them the lasting stamp of authenticity.’
      • ‘With no fitted kitchen installed and only basic interior decorating completed, prospective buyers can put their own distinctive stamp on the property.’
      • ‘A couple of the pieces have the stamp of Prokofiev, and the other three reflect strong 19th Century influences.’
      • ‘The recording is excellent and the performance has the stamp of authenticity.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, Eddie only served as assistant director here, so there was only so much he could do to put his unique stamp on the finished film.’
      • ‘His playing is technically impeccable and bears a distinct stamp of his own charismatic style.’
      • ‘There are the little touches that add the stamp of character and worth.’
      • ‘Notwithstanding his youth, Perceval captured the vibrant life essence in the van Gogh, putting his own stamp on the image with unique textural qualities and depth.’
      • ‘He works alone, without helpers, and every gun that leaves his shop bears the distinctive stamp of a master's work.’
      • ‘Feroze Khan films have a distinct stamp of sensuality about them.’
      • ‘The vessels they made out of clay had the stamp of genius.’
      • ‘Either way, he dives headlong into the character, putting his stamp on it for all time.’
      • ‘A few architects are managing to put a personal stamp on some state projects.’
      mark, hallmark, indication, label, brand, tag, badge, characteristics, peculiarity, attribute, sign, seal, sure sign, telltale sign, quality, smack, smell, savour, air
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    3. 1.3 A particular class or type of person or thing.
      ‘empiricism of this stamp has been especially influential in British philosophy’
      • ‘It is the plan of men of this stamp to frighten the people with ideal bugbears, in order to mould them to their own purposes.’
      • ‘People of this stamp certainly look better outwardly than the immoral and profane, and yet, perhaps, are more thoroughly deceived by the great adversary of souls.’
      type, kind, sort, variety, class, category, classification, style, description, condition, calibre, status, quality, nature, manner
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  • 2A small adhesive piece of paper stuck to something to show that an amount of money has been paid, in particular a postage stamp.

    ‘a first-class stamp’
    • ‘After all, most letters that are delivered through the post have a stamp stuck to the front of the envelope.’
    • ‘Post the envelope as soon as possible, there is no need for a stamp, the postage is already paid.’
    • ‘The club will even provide the use of telephones, computers, even paper and stamps.’
    • ‘I bought a padded envelope, I put the tin inside, sealed it, addressed it to Red Tide and stuck on what I hoped were enough stamps to cover postage.’
    • ‘In recognition of his work, the Indian Government also released a commemorative stamp in 1971 to mark his 123rd birth anniversary.’
    • ‘Hill suggested pre-payment, a standard delivery charge irrespective of distance, and the use of an adhesive stamp.’
    • ‘Under the proposal, a first-class stamp would go up 8.8 percent to 37 cents.’
    • ‘He arranges his stamps in an album, a page for the species of each country.’
    • ‘And Sue Brazier, who is a lollipop lady outside Beechcroft Junior School, has offered to stick stamps onto the cards for anybody who doesn't have time to do it themselves.’
    • ‘Buying second-class stamps could save you money this Christmas without delaying your cards to loved ones, according to the post watchdog.’
    • ‘They are all instant communications that are far less bother than putting pen to paper, finding an envelope, licking the flap, sticking on a stamp and popping it in a post box.’
    • ‘Within the range of Gabonese postage, a significant number of stamps celebrate indigenous musical instruments and reliquary art forms.’
    • ‘The stranger asked me to write my phone number on the card, then added an address and stuck on a stamp.’
    • ‘In this case the stamp and postage probably cost more than the cheque,’ she said.’
    • ‘Between online bill payment and email, you'd think that we're using fewer first-class stamps than a decade ago.’
    • ‘I'm still not finished shopping, nothing has been wrapped and my Christmas cards are still sitting on the kitchen table waiting for stamps.’
    • ‘Eventually I had a variety of stamps stuck on the brown envelope.’
    • ‘The cost of a second-class stamp was cut by 1p in April 1999, while first-class stamps went up by 1p in 2000.’
    • ‘We argue that post offices are much more than places to buy stamps and collect pension money.’
    • ‘They make money not on stamps, but on the newspapers and candy bars that customers buy when they come in to mail a letter.’
  • 3An act or sound of stamping with the foot.

    ‘the stamp of boots on the bare floor’
    • ‘He heard the steps of delicate feet, the stamp of the horses' hooves, and then a sound like silk sliding against silk.’
    • ‘‘I do not,’ said Chazen, who backed that statement up with a short, sharp stamp of her foot.’
    • ‘With a stamp of his feet and a final blast at his bosses he was gone.’
    • ‘Through dance, from the uncut stamp of rustic feet in twilight dust to the sophisticated Bharatanatyam with its own highly complex grammar, Indians shared stories.’
    • ‘A heavy thud had come against my door, and now I heard hard breathing and the dull stamp of muffled feet.’
    • ‘The language she uses is beautiful, and she has a way of phrasing things that can make me smell the damp, chill air and the woodsmoke, hear the stamp of a horse's foot, and the jingle of mail.’
    • ‘It makes for an odd picture - highly sophisticated music, where you nevertheless hear the occasional stamp of feet on a wooden floor.’
    • ‘She flourished that statement with a stamp of her foot.’
    • ‘With a stamp of his foot, the swordsman sent another wave of dirt towards the three men from Feline.’
    • ‘No more than two days after docking, I heard the stamp of boots on the deck above me and I was filled with dread.’
  • 4A block for crushing ore in a stamp mill.

    • ‘In all forms of stamps the crushing is done by the blow struck by a pestle or stamp upon the rock which is resting in a mortar.’
    • ‘Work was immediately started, and the 300 additional stamps were dropping in May, 1890, thus making a total of 540 stamps crushing ore from the Treadwell mine.’


  • stamp one's authority (or personality or style etc.) on

    • Have a strong or permanent influence on.

      ‘he must be able to stamp his authority on the team’
      • ‘In the second round, Pickering began to stamp his authority on the contest.’
      • ‘The prime minister, has moved swiftly to attempt to stamp his authority on Somalia's 10 million citizens.’
      • ‘Despite a move to his favoured central position the England captain failed to stamp his authority on the game.’
      • ‘Passes were sent astray on a continuous basis with the result neither side could stamp their authority on proceedings.’
      • ‘Valuev looked impressive from the first bell on, stamping his authority on the bout early.’
      • ‘Tully on guitar and vocals has stamped his authority on radio, doing more ad voices than you can imagine.’
      • ‘The most important thing is how to stamp his authority on the fragile coalition.’
      • ‘Yet they also feel he has still to come up with the policy initiatives required to stamp his authority on his department.’
      • ‘He moved swiftly to stamp his authority on his party, installing key supporters to his shadow cabinet.’
      • ‘Although his singing was of a high quality, I'm afraid Mick Clews didn't stamp his authority on the part.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • stamp something out

    • 1Extinguish a fire by stamping on it.

      ‘he stamped out the flames before they could grow’
    • 2Suppress or put an end to something by taking decisive action.

      ‘urgent action is required to stamp out corruption’
      • ‘Dr Barry wants increased police patrols in the village to help stamp the problem out.’
      • ‘The Romans did not succeed in stamping out any aspect of Egyptian religious magic.’
      • ‘New by-laws are set to be introduced in the town to stamp out anti-social behaviour.’
      • ‘Someone also had to take leadership on stamping out outdated attitudes.’
      • ‘The Minister also said he would strengthen statutory bodies to stamp out criminality.’
      • ‘At the same time they manage to stamp out any legitimate protests against social injustices.’
      • ‘His charity, the Montel Williams Foundation, funds research to stamp out the disease.’
      • ‘Tens of millions were killed in these actions to stamp out democracy in the name of democracy.’
      • ‘Any expression of working class independence or militancy, no matter how limited, was to be ruthlessly stamped out.’
      • ‘The people trampling over Babylon, ignorantly stamping out the fragile remains of a centuries-old civilisation, were soldiers, not archaeologists.’
      put an end to, put a stop to, end, finish, get rid of, crush, put down, check, crack down on, weed out, curb, nip in the bud, scotch, squash, quash, quell, subdue, suppress, repress, quench, extinguish, stifle, abolish, eliminate, eradicate, terminate, beat, overcome, defeat, destroy, demolish, annihilate, wipe out, extirpate
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Middle English (in the sense ‘crush to a powder’): of Germanic origin; related to German stampfen ‘stamp with the foot’; reinforced by Old French estamper ‘to stamp’. Compare with stomp.