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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 laity's role diminished into rubber-stamping the episcopal candidate already selected by the clergy.
The MAC is in the process of rubber-stamping Northwest Airlines' 20/20 vision plan, which was first proposed only about four months ago, in September 2004.
At the very moment council members were rubber-stamping the bad plan for Los Angeles International Airport, the county Board of Supervisors was voting unanimously to support suing the city to block the project, based on its belief that the airport won't be able to cap growth at 78 million passengers as promised.
Overlooking or rubber-stamping Medicaid sales efforts means that companies miss major growth opportunities," notes Best Practices, LLC CEO Chris Bogan.
The Los Angeles Board of Education faces approving today more than $10 million in contracts that district officials handed out without authority under a long-standing practice of rubber-stamping deals retroactively.
Their accomplishments are pretty much limited to approving billionaires' plans for Staples Center expansion, rubber-stamping a shortened police workweek payoff to the police union and burning through the massive budget surplus left behind by Mayor Richard Riordan.