rubber stamp

(redirected from rubber-stamp)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Wikipedia.

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.
See also: rubber, stamp

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]
See also: rubber, stamp
References in periodicals archive ?
Actually, Colletti gave rubber-stamp approval to the moves, which had been all but decided by his new staff in the days before he was given the job.
Businessman Terry Brady is due to meet with creditors today in an attempt to rubber-stamp the deal after axing manager Quinn yesterday.
Blonde Emma Noble has given her rubber-stamp of approval to Tony Blair.
No one's saying that everyone in Sacramento should defer to Schwarzenegger and rubber-stamp his budget.
And the Hahn-appointed commission that's supposed to protect the public interest does nothing but rubber-stamp the incompetence.
It has become essentially a way to obtain rubber-stamp approvals for ideas and concepts without having to put them to debate.
It seems obvious that what the commission (and the mayor and City Council) wants is a chief who will rubber-stamp Special Order 40, the city's ``don't ask, don't tell'' LAPD immigrant community-relations policy.
It wouldn't simply rubber-stamp the findings and directives of the superintendent and the bureaucracy, like so many school boards past.
In its place the City Council will be allowing the CRA to handpick members of a Citizens Advisory Committee to rubber-stamp the CRA's lavish use of our taxes.
Stationery items, name plates, notice boards, forms, procedural literature, rubber-stamps, invitation cards etc.