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seal of approval

An indication of endorsement or authorization of something. 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

Of consumer goods, subject to the customer's examination and satisfaction, with the ability to be returned if failing to meet expectations. Make sure you only purchase items on approval when ordering online. That way, if they don't match up to what you ordered or are defective, you can at least return them and get a refund.
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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 search for a recurring trend in presidents' approvals has received much attention by presidency scholars--and for good reason.
One strategy a health plan may employ is to link its benefits to approvals by a federal agency, such as the Food and Drug Administration, or to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which gets reports from the Center for Health Care Technology before setting Medicare coverage.
To date, PSC has received regulatory approval in seven of 10 states requiring regulatory approval.
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Clarke says that if 90 days pass without a "substantive" response, the petitioners will file suit to force EPA to cancel current registrations of Bt transgenics, as well as hold up future approvals, until the agency completes further study.
The number of Victorian dwelling unit approvals increased strongly in December to be up 37.4 per cent over the month and up 1.1 per cent over the year.
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"Taking only minutes to consider a wildly unpopular football stadium plan which requires more than $1 billion in taxpayer subsidies is an outrageous rubber stamp by handpicked political appointees, which shows utter disregard for any public input from the taxpayers of New York," said a Madison Square Garden spokesperson about the EDC approval.
This allows the FDA to begin to review sections of the NDA as they are submitted, as opposed to the normal approval process, which requires the entire NDA to be submitted at one time.
Based on all the facts of record, the Board concludes that the financial and managerial resources and the future prospects of Schwab, Bank, and Schwab's other subsidiary insured depository institutions are consistent with approval, as are the other supervisory factors the Board must consider under section 3 of the BHC Act.
Among other things, the new guidelines will urge drug developers to cosponsor trials, and depart from tried-and-true drug approval packages consisting of several trials in treatment-naive patients.
The general public doesn't perceive a crisis in food, drug, and device approval, so there's no populist groundswell for systemic changes.
Minister Hunt said this is a major step forward for the One-Stop Shop on environmental approvals.
The development and approval process in the state of New Jersey is a complex one, particularly for a redevelopment of this scope.