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1‘he threw his cigarette down and stamped on it’
trample, step, tread, tramp
crush, squash, flatten
2‘John stamped off, muttering’
stomp, stump, clomp, clump, tramp, thunder, lumber, trudge
Northern Irish Scottish sprauchle
3‘the binder would stamp his name on the inside edge of a front or back cover’
imprint, print, impress, punch, inscribe, engrave, chase, etch, carve, emboss, deboss, brand, frank, mark, label
4‘the date was stamped indelibly on his memory’
fix, inscribe, etch, carve, imprint, impress, register
5‘his style stamps him as a player to watch’
identify, characterize, brand, distinguish, mark out, set apart, single out, designate, categorize, classify
1‘the whole project has the stamp of authority’
mark, hallmark, indication, label, brand, tag, badge, characteristics, peculiarity, attribute, sign, seal, sure sign, telltale sign, quality, smack, smell, savour, air
2‘the new prior was of a very different stamp from his predecessor’
type, kind, sort, variety, class, category, classification, style, description, condition, calibre, status, quality, nature, manner
design, shape, form, pattern, group, set, bracket, genre, species, rank, genus, family, order, breed, race, strain, generation, vintage, make, model, brand, ilk, kidney, cast, grain, mould
North American stripe
‘urgent action is required to stamp out corruption’
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
squelch, put the kibosh on, clobber
bring in, introduce
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