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seal of approval

An indication of one's endorsement or authorization of something. Despite the wording, the phrase does not typically refer to a physical seal. No, you can't start that construction project until the boss gives it his seal of approval.
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on approval

for examination, with the privilege of return. I ordered the merchandise on approval so I could send it back if I didn't like it. Sorry, you can't buy this on approval. All sales are final.
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on approval

To be returned if not satisfactory, as in They're offering custom-made shoes, manufactured from a computer design, on approval. This expression, applied nearly always to the purchase of goods, was first recorded in 1870.
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seal of approval

An endorsement of something or someone, as in Our candidate doesn't have the governor's seal of approval, or The new management gave the old refund policy their seal of approval. This idiom was used, and perhaps invented, as an advertising gimmick of Good Housekeeping Magazine, which gave its so-called "seal of approval" to products it endorsed; the products' packaging in turn bore a small emblem attesting to this endorsement. The noun seal here is used in the same sense as in set one's seal on.
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seal (or stamp) of approval

an indication or statement that something is accepted or regarded favourably.
This expression stems from the practice of putting a stamp (or formerly a seal) on official documents.
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on apˈproval

(of goods) not paid for and to be returned, usually within a few days, if the customer decides not to buy them: I’ve got it on seven days approval, so if you don’t like it I can take it back.
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a ˌseal of apˈproval

the formal support or approval of a person or an organization: Our project has the director’s seal of approval.
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on approval

For examination or trial by a customer without the obligation to buy: took the dress on approval.
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The move to accept shorter trials comes as the consequences from the first round of rapid approvals are becoming painfully clear.
The company expects to file Abbreviated New Drug Applications ("ANDA") with the Food and Drug Administration in the United States and also seek approvals from European regulatory authorities for these products.
Drug firms would never advocate substantially loosening the FDA's bottleneck on approvals, the observer says, "because the current system lets [drug companies] earn near-monopoly profits.
The impact of the increasingly more conservative regulatory environment on accelerated approvals in oncology.
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Once all approvals are secured RWE is expected to sell its shares of American Water through a public offering in the United States.
Beplate went on to add: "While these factors have contributed to unsatisfactory third quarter results, we believe that obtaining all of the necessary regulatory approvals is the only way that we will be able to freely market the NanoMask and NanoMask filters.
We are very pleased to now have eight FDA approvals this year and look forward to working with our partner on the launch of our generic version of 15 mg Ditropan XL," said Larry Hsu, President and Chief Executive Officer of IMPAX Laboratories.
These statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results or outcomes to be materially different from those anticipated and discussed herein including, but not limited to, the successful completion of its pilot pharmacokinetic feasibility studies, the ability to develop products (independently and through collaborative arrangements), the ability to commercialize and obtain FDA and other regulatory approvals for products under development and the acceptance in the marketplace for lingual spray products.
The Company's actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements based upon a number of factors, including uncertainties associated with development, testing and related regulatory approvals, anticipated future losses, complex manufacturing, high quality requirements, dependence on limited sources of supply, competition, technological change, government regulation, future capital needs and uncertainty of additional financing and other risks and challenges detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report filed on Form 10-K.
Myriad-Tunica has been granted development and gaming site approvals for the Tunica resort.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced it has all necessary environmental permits and regulatory approvals to repair 29 critical levee erosion sites.
This first MEA approval for on-site power generation will allow property owners, architects, and engineers to secure the necessary plan approvals from the Department of Buildings and the Fire Department so building permits can be issued for installation of Capstone Branded products," said Tucker.