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’
    • ‘She waited, stamping her tiny foot on the ground impatiently.’
    • ‘I stamped my feet and rubbed my hands together as it was bitter that night.’
    • ‘I've got them stamping their feet, clapping their hands, singing at one point and then doing a small bit of acting.’
    • ‘We all start stamping our feet and calling for the obligatory encore.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘He got up and stamped his feet in fury, pulling his hair in angry humiliation.’
    • ‘When things didn't go as I wanted them, instead of stamping my feet or shouting, I lashed out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jeter, pouting and petulant, stamped his feet and flung his hat around in the dugout.’
    • ‘Most of this boils down to stamping tiny feet in impotent rage.’
    • ‘His feet stamped hard on the ground, like a steady beat of the drum issuing a warning.’
    • ‘Laura screamed, stamping her heeled foot on the ground loudly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But then the dancers would turn to the audience and we would be clapping along and stamping our feet.’
    1. 1.1 Crush, flatten, or remove with a heavy blow from one's feet.
      ‘she stamped the snow from her boots’
      • ‘So then you stamp on it like you're stamping on an angry scorpion, and BANG.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was a small fire, as only one of the devices had exploded, and they were able to stamp it out.’
      • ‘Within thirty seconds, footsteps could be heard coming down the path, so the fire was stamped out.’
      • ‘He yelps in pain, and stamps out the smouldering portion of fabric with his foot.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘So tomorrow I will bring it to work, put it in a common area, mutter LAWYERS and stamp off scowling.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I turned and walked - okay, stamped - rather sulkily down the beach.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This discomfort increases sharply in situations where collective hysteria is liable to hold sway: clapping, stamping, cheering, whooping, dancing, that sort of caper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And, you know, they're always walking out and stamping out and tearing up agreements and all that.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They cut their names with penknives on the walls of the building and stamped around on the mosaic floors in heavy boots.’
      • ‘His heavy boots stamped down the hallway and gradually faded off.’
      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’
    • ‘The new leaflets, to be re-issued from next week, will be stamped with the word " checked " to confirm their validity.’
    • ‘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 belt and holster have both been stamped with this unique design and then accented with border stampings.’
    • ‘Every document is stamped excessively with the words ‘Classified’ or ‘Top Secret.’’
    • ‘Sidewalks and crosswalks were stamped with a brick pattern and chemically stained.’
    • ‘The metallic surface has been stamped and antiqued using Adirondack Alcohol inks.’
    • ‘We nodded, and he handed us our pink and blue marriage certificate, stamped with the Great Seal of the State of California.’
    • ‘Once bowls are tested by an official tester, they will be stamped with an oval logo inside. which is the number 11.’
    • ‘During this period the court painter Sir Peter Lely made the first collection of old master drawings systematically stamped with a collector's mark.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They will be stamped with his seal, numbered by his wife Tessa and will be accompanied by a letter of authentication.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He says that it's a ridiculous requirement to have to sign and stamp documents for just about every process.’
    • ‘As they are stamped with the black mark of being a convict, it becomes extremely difficult for them to fetch an employment.’
    • ‘He had never entered the lottery before and he had assumed that his entry form would be stamped with a code of some sort.’
    • ‘Lay the fabric over the design, and stamp the fabric in areas to complement the embroidery.’
    • ‘Inside of the box was a single, lone file that was stamped with a ‘Highly Confidential’ seal.’
    • ‘Willem's passport is stamped with its first stamp.’
    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’
      • ‘Their unabashed experimentalism lifts Demon Days far beyond the ‘urban’ label it will probably be stamped with.’
      • ‘At present all meat products that can be exported have an oval mark stamped on the carcass by the Meat Hygiene Service.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All this was stamped on a background of indigo blue dotted with white as the stars winked at us from far away.’
      • ‘Safari tourism has stamped its mark indelibly on Africa.’
      • ‘Both women hope to stamp a new mark on the contest and make it one of Ireland's premiere events.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each police commissioner stamps his mark not only on the London force but on national policing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Under the sentence, a signature or logo of sorts had been stamped on in black ink - a sun and a half-moon.’
      • ‘This was not carried through into the final slip which was stamped on 21 January 1997, though all the other changes were.’
      • ‘In every passing era, the images of celebrities have been stamped on popular culture.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her image is seen stamped on every moon cake, and artefact connected to the festival.’
      • ‘It starts with their personalities, which are very different, but which are equally stamped on their new teams.’
      • ‘It was so obvious it could have been stamped on her forehead.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘Meireles's marionette is stamped from thin rubber and was suspended from a rotating rod at the ceiling.’
      • ‘Hollow-back shovels are usually stamped from a metal sheet that's rolled over to create a depression called a frog.’
      • ‘Some bills are stamped from playful denominations carved into insulation boards.’
      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’
      • ‘By working in some 2,600 consecutive contests, he was stamped as the "Iron Man" of the umpires.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Post offices are no longer sleepy places where letters just get stamped and sent.’
    • ‘They then have to be folded and put into envelopes to be stamped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Across the bottom the word ‘APPROVED’ was stamped in big, bold letters.’
    • ‘This is a great way to use those individual alphabet stamps for words or phrases instead of stamping one letter at a time.’
    • ‘On August 31, 2001, Kitty stamped her last letter as postmistress of the local post office.’
  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another advantage is that you can actually group stamps on the same block and print them together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hathaway used a variety of stamps to mark his tools.’
    • ‘He even makes his own stamps and tools for the tooling process.’
    • ‘The block stamp was placed on the reverse of the DN to avoid obscuring clinical information on the face.’
    • ‘Relief printing uses the principle of a stamp in that the artist cuts away from a block what is not needed in the design.’
    • ‘A wood-block stamp dipped in fabric paint leaves an ethnic-looking tattoo with turquoise bead accents.’
    • ‘Daniels invented concrete stamps that can imprint curving border patterns in concrete.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also, the threats have come from several different sources and some of these had an official stamp and were delivered to me directly.’
      • ‘Minutes later, when I was finally alone, I confirmed that Dolores' work permit was no fake, that its official stamp was the real McCoy.’
      • ‘Dr. Petit would see the patients, and I would put an official stamp on a document.’
      • ‘It's all very safe, and given the stamp of official approval.’
      • ‘Only royalty declaring economic deals required the stamp of official state sanction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The most recent Supreme Court ruling effectively underlines this process, giving it the stamp of constitutional legitimacy.’
      • ‘You receive numerous documents with official looking stamps, seals and logo testifying to the authenticity of the proposal.’
      • ‘Another word of warning, make sure the seed packet has an official government stamp on it, there are some fakes around!’
      • ‘During the raid, Dimitrov confiscated the official stamps of four customs officers.’
      • ‘We get a stamp in our passports, which includes a visa for three months.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He conceded that the placing of his stamp on the drawing indicated his approval of the drawing.’
      • ‘The stamp only indicates that it has been constructed and tested to minimum standards of construction and flotation.’
      • ‘In order to be absolutely sure, the comrade responsible for burden relief stamped the document with an official stamp.’
      • ‘These people are permitted into Korea because the visa stamp in their passports is legal and bona fide.’
      • ‘She carefully checked the business license number and examined the official stamp on my invitation letter from all directions.’
    2. 1.2 A characteristic or distinctive impression or quality.
      ‘the whole project has the stamp of authority’
      • ‘There are the little touches that add the stamp of character and worth.’
      • ‘Feroze Khan films have a distinct stamp of sensuality about them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A few architects are managing to put a personal stamp on some state projects.’
      • ‘In Santa Rosa, this family-run operation bears the distinctive stamp of its Old World owner, Joe Matos.’
      • ‘For centuries, Africans and their descendants have crossed oceans and lands to put their unique stamp on the history of the Western Hemisphere.’
      • ‘He works alone, without helpers, and every gun that leaves his shop bears the distinctive stamp of a master's work.’
      • ‘His playing is technically impeccable and bears a distinct stamp of his own charismatic style.’
      • ‘The recording is excellent and the performance has the stamp of authenticity.’
      • ‘Stephen could place his own sardonic stamp on what were in some cases widely shared late Victorian literary tastes.’
      • ‘Democracy confers a stamp of legitimacy that reforms must have to be effective.’
      • ‘A couple of the pieces have the stamp of Prokofiev, and the other three reflect strong 19th Century influences.’
      • ‘After all, Stephen Malkmus's musicianship is distinct and his artistic stamp on his music is unequivocal.’
      • ‘Their Clyde, Gareloch and Lomond rental holiday homes have received the Scottish Tourist Board's Thistle Award, which is a guaranteed stamp of quality.’
      • ‘Either way, he dives headlong into the character, putting his stamp on it for all time.’
      • ‘The courts in this country, besides, have put their final stamp of authority on the authenticity of her citizenship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The vessels they made out of clay had the stamp of genius.’
      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’
    • ‘They make money not on stamps, but on the newspapers and candy bars that customers buy when they come in to mail a letter.’
    • ‘Buying second-class stamps could save you money this Christmas without delaying your cards to loved ones, according to the post watchdog.’
    • ‘Eventually I had a variety of stamps stuck on the brown envelope.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Post the envelope as soon as possible, there is no need for a stamp, the postage is already paid.’
    • ‘After all, most letters that are delivered through the post have a stamp stuck to the front of the envelope.’
    • ‘The stranger asked me to write my phone number on the card, then added an address and stuck on a stamp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cost of a second-class stamp was cut by 1p in April 1999, while first-class stamps went up by 1p in 2000.’
    • ‘Under the proposal, a first-class stamp would go up 8.8 percent to 37 cents.’
    • ‘In this case the stamp and postage probably cost more than the cheque,’ she said.’
    • ‘Within the range of Gabonese postage, a significant number of stamps celebrate indigenous musical instruments and reliquary art forms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Between online bill payment and email, you'd think that we're using fewer first-class stamps than a decade ago.’
    • ‘We argue that post offices are much more than places to buy stamps and collect pension money.’
    • ‘Hill suggested pre-payment, a standard delivery charge irrespective of distance, and the use of an adhesive stamp.’
    • ‘I'm still not finished shopping, nothing has been wrapped and my Christmas cards are still sitting on the kitchen table waiting for stamps.’
    • ‘In recognition of his work, the Indian Government also released a commemorative stamp in 1971 to mark his 123rd birth anniversary.’
    • ‘The club will even provide the use of telephones, computers, even paper and stamps.’
  • 3An act or sound of stamping with the foot.

    ‘the stamp of boots on the bare 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.’
    • ‘He heard the steps of delicate feet, the stamp of the horses' hooves, and then a sound like silk sliding against silk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I do not,’ said Chazen, who backed that statement up with a short, sharp stamp of her foot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a stamp of his feet and a final blast at his bosses he was gone.’
  • 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 most important thing is how to stamp his authority on the fragile coalition.’
      • ‘Passes were sent astray on a continuous basis with the result neither side could stamp their authority on proceedings.’
      • ‘Tully on guitar and vocals has stamped his authority on radio, doing more ad voices than you can imagine.’
      • ‘He moved swiftly to stamp his authority on his party, installing key supporters to his shadow cabinet.’
      • ‘Despite a move to his favoured central position the England captain failed to stamp his authority on the game.’
      • ‘Valuev looked impressive from the first bell on, stamping his authority on the bout early.’
      • ‘Yet they also feel he has still to come up with the policy initiatives required to stamp his authority on his department.’
      • ‘Although his singing was of a high quality, I'm afraid Mick Clews didn't stamp his authority on the part.’
      • ‘The prime minister, has moved swiftly to attempt to stamp his authority on Somalia's 10 million citizens.’

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’
      • ‘At the same time they manage to stamp out any legitimate protests against social injustices.’
      • ‘Someone also had to take leadership on stamping out outdated attitudes.’
      • ‘The people trampling over Babylon, ignorantly stamping out the fragile remains of a centuries-old civilisation, were soldiers, not archaeologists.’
      • ‘Any expression of working class independence or militancy, no matter how limited, was to be ruthlessly stamped out.’
      • ‘His charity, the Montel Williams Foundation, funds research to stamp out the disease.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Minister also said he would strengthen statutory bodies to stamp out criminality.’
      • ‘New by-laws are set to be introduced in the town to stamp out anti-social behaviour.’
      • ‘Tens of millions were killed in these actions to stamp out democracy in the name of democracy.’
      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.