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seal of approval

An indication of approval, endorsement, or authorization of something. No, you can't start that construction project until the boss gives it his seal of approval. Are you really sure you want to put your seal of approval on these unfounded claims? If they're proven false, it will ruin your reputation.
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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.
See also: approval, of, seal
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: approval, of, seal
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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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The Seal of Approval Service Provider code of conduct requires certified service providers to uphold a high standard of accountability, responsibility and customer-oriented service.
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Seal of approval: The Princess Royal at the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Harper Adams University College.
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This update of their flagship in-ear buds takes things up a notch and have the Apple seal of approval, licensed to be sold within the iPhone maker's stores.
DAVID Hasselhoff's daughter Hayley has given his new Welsh girlfriend her seal of approval. The Britain's Got Talent judge has been seeing Merthyr shop girl Hayley Roberts and the former Baywatch star's daughter said: "Hayley is lovely.
AS Liverpool St Helens prepare for the visit of unbeaten North One West leaders Burnage to Moss Lane this Saturday the club is celebrating the award of the RFU's prestigious Whole Club Seal of Approval accreditation.
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In the form of a winning idea if I ever saw one, the American Pistolsmiths Guild has formed a way to offer a "Seal of Approval" for products and services in our industry.
The AGA, which issued a coveted seal of approval, was slated to require all ranges to switch to the new automatic oven ignition in order to obtain the seal.
The issue about eucharistic inclusion should not be about rules well kept or beliefs that merit the magisterial seal of approval. It should be about a gnawing hunger in the soul, about a deep desire to be part of the great human family that comes together to pray, to sing, to weep, to grieve, to remember that not one of us is so worthy as to judge others, and to be nourished in the experience.
The much-delayed Airbus A380 superjumbo - the world's biggest passenger plane - was yesterday given a double seal of approval by aviation chiefs.