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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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Recreational rubber stamping has become quite popular with hobbyists, as computer technology has made the process of making rubber stamps very cost effective.
Stockton has a reasonably smart image (without the character of Stokesley or Yarm) due to the 1960s rubber stamping of a planning disaster of inconceivable ideas for the High Street.
Well, if you do not know, we are in the EU, and our so-called Parliament and MPs are nothing more than EU puppets rubber stamping EU directives that tell us what to do.
They sit there squabbling among themselves drawing extravagant salaries just for rubber stamping. They are the new 'fat cats' of our society.
Wirral South Labour MP Ben Chapman warned: "If it is going for rubber stamping it is a travesty because the bulk of the people who have responded to the consultation process are against it.
The Hammers are one of three Premiership clubs ready to move for the former Rangers skipper, but any transfer will depend on the new manager rubber stamping the move.
There are magazines devoted to nothing but rubber stamping. One magazine is The Rubber Stamper, P.O.
The works in this exhibition are transitional pieces in which many techniques converge on one canvas, as in the painting of the crumpled Campbell soup can which combines rubber stamping, stenciling, and hand painting.
CAMPAIGNERS today blasted health bosses as the pounds 52,000 cost of a consultation branded a "rubber stamping" exercise has been made public for the first time.
Ken Caswell, who campaigned against the removal of upper gastro-intestinal surgery from Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital, blasted the consultation as a rubber stamping exercise.
Was the committee making a judgment or rubber stamping a political strategy?"