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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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Methods: In Notice 2004-54, the Service authorizes return preparers to sign original returns, amended returns and extension requests by rubber stamp, mechanical device or computer software program.
'We argued that the council's senior solicitor couldn't possibly have personally checked and then signed the thousands of orders made and that the use of a rubber stamp was unlawful.
Inside each box is a unique rubber stamp that hikers use to mark their journals and replace for future searchers to find.
Qadhafi's rubber stamp, was unhappy with NOC's inability to develop the sector.
If our signatures existed on a rubber stamp because we sign many documents, there is an obligation to safeguard the stamp.
Fujimori's "Change 90/New Majority" bloc in Congress controls 72 of the 120 seats in the unicameral body and is considered a rubber stamp for the president.
It is then up to the European parliamentarians to have their say before member states rubber stamp the final draft.
And electorally, it needs a multiparty movement--not just a rubber stamp for any one national party.
ASTM and KBr pellet presses, rubber stamp and laminating presses, as well as a variety of accessories and portable chillers are featured.
Then there are the "How to Rubber Stamp" videos, self explanatory, very inspiring, springboards for greater and more creative efforts.
One tactic widely used by foundries is to first get a big rubber stamp for the order acknowledgement form that says the order is accepted subject to your terms, shown on the back of the acknowledgement form.
But even to the extent that it is true, the board provides the rubber stamp only because it and the chief executive agree upon a relatively narrow agenda.
House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro has denied that the lower chamber would become Malacanang's rubber stamp in the coming 18th Congress.
In Pakistan, there is a rubber stamp parliament, a rubber stamp media, rubber stamp judiciary, rubber stamp bureaucracy, against which Pakistan Peoples Party has to launch its struggle, he said.
Next, I rolled the rubber stamp over the plate to pick up my design, and then transferred it onto my pre-painted nails, using a rolling motion as outlined in the guide.