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rubber stamp

1. verb To approve of something without careful consideration of it. Please don't rubber stamp these applications—check each one thoroughly
2. noun One who approves of something without careful consideration of it. Oh, Joel is just a rubber stamp—I doubt he has strong feelings about this issue one way or another.
3. noun The act of approving something in such a manner. Who cares what that proposal actually says? It just needs a rubber stamp.
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rubber stamp

A person or organization that automatically approves or endorses a policy without assessing its merit; also, such an approval or endorsement. For example, The nominating committee is merely a rubber stamp; they approve anyone the chairman names , or The dean gave his rubber stamp to the recommendations of the tenure committee. This metaphoric term alludes to the rubber printing device used to imprint the same words over and over. [Early 1900s]
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In a nation known for rubber-stamp elections for the PRI, Mexicans exercised their constitutional right.
DOE office for rubber-stamp approval, after which the DOE accommodatingly wrote a check.
The Institute believes it indicates a growing tendency among courts to look closely at fairness issues in these situations and not simply rubber-stamp clearly irrational verdicts and legal holdings.
Unlike the Clinton appointments, and the rubber-stamp bipartisan confirmations of liberal nominees Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, California Sen.
Businessman Terry Brady is due to meet with creditors today in an attempt to rubber-stamp the deal after axing manager Quinn yesterday.
Boards have long been accused of existing only to rubber-stamp the decisions by the incumbent chief executive and preserve his power.
In other words, it has its origin in the SK Chairman having almost no shares himself, and moreover, we believe the problem lies with the board that rubber-stamps at once, without any resistance, the dividend payout plan that goes against all shareholders' expectations in such absurd manner, acting as a faithful rubber-stamp device for the Chairman.
Actually, Colletti gave rubber-stamp approval to the moves, which had been all but decided by his new staff in the days before he was given the job.
Blonde Emma Noble has given her rubber-stamp of approval to Tony Blair.