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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 students had a number of different serif and sans serif rubber stamp alphabets at their disposal, and were asked to create "stamped" drawings--using only the first letter of the alphabet directly associated with their subject.
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Beside decorating her home using her active imagination, Ruth loves using artistic rubber stamps in creative ways.
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They also decorated sun visors, used rubber stamps to make pictures and created holders for their water bottles out of old socks.
Using recycled materials, children can make paper cards, and then decorate them with rubber stamps, markers and crayons.