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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.
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.
A year ago, after my shocking experience at the greeting card store, I met Candy, the "stamp lady" who has been rubber stamping for a number of years.
There are websites devoted to rubber stamping on the Internet.
Photo: Ruth Mayberry shows her rubber stamping technique using tools she designed herself.
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.
His artistic influence on the world of rubber stamping has been documented extensively in art shows, books and magazine articles.
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.
Gilley is the way he brings items before the City Council, all packaged and signed, ready for rubber stamping by our visionary majority.
Join the center for fun-filled workshops exploring the art form of rubber stamping.
Bell Labs researchers produced the plastic circuits for driving the electronic ink display by using newly-developed high-resolution rubber stamping techniques with associated compatible materials technologies that bypass many of the steps and costs involved in making traditional silicon devices.
Rubber Stamping has truly stepped into the new millennium with these improvements.