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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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The federal government had received the state's historic designation and rubber-stamped it," said attorney Gary Rosenberg.
The Inland Revenue contended that the policy decisions of the offshore company were made in London by the parent and merely rubber-stamped by the offshore company's board of directors who were based offshore.
In that story, Journal reporter Tom Lauricella charged that the Funds' board rubber-stamped "management's efforts to profit at the expense of fund shareholders," citing the SEC staff's observation in a 2003 examination letter that for a period of time the Funds advanced certain marketing expenses, known as 12b-1 expenses, in excess of annual limits, and that the excess was reimbursed by the adviser at each year-end.
After their approval, it must also be rubber-stamped by the L.
In sum, the board, that is, the board members, like the psychiatrist, had zero contact with the teacher, and merely rubber-stamped the administrators' decisions.
BUSINESS WIRE)--March 29, 1996--The California Air Resources Board today rubber-stamped controversial Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulations which will cost California taxpayers billions and will do virtually nothing to reduce air pollution in our state.
THE Department of Water and Power Commission last week rubber-stamped an 18 percent rate increase pushed by DWP officials.
The Duffys sued him at the Court of Session and a judge rubber-stamped the claim.