seal of approval

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seal of approval

An indication of one's endorsement or authorization of something. Despite the wording, the phrase does not typically refer to a physical seal. No, you can't start that construction project until the boss gives it his seal of approval.
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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.
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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.
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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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There are 833 clubs nationwide with mini and youth sections, and 490 have Seal of Approval Accreditation.
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The National Division Two club have become only the second set-up in Birmingham to obtain the the RFU's Seal of Approval certificate.
Centrum is one such company that doesn't have a seal of approval on its products.
The efficacy of these Internet seals of approval, however, has been questioned by the FTC because of both a lack of adoption by online firms and the failure of seal of approval programs to impact privacy practices.
For more information on the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, please visit: http://www.
TNPC's Seal of Approval is designed to guide parents in choosing products and services for their families.
The National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) recently awarded O24 Fibromyalgia their first NFA Seal of Approval.
CRI, the industry authority on carpet and rug initiatives and products, recognized the rental and retail versions of Rug Doctor's machines, as well as an updated machine that will debut in 2011, with its new Platinum Seal of Approval in the Extractors and Deep-Cleaning Systems category.
The first product to be awarded the TwitterMoms Seal of Approval is the Quickie Microfiber Twist Mop, followed by Procter & Gamble's Ultra Concentrated Dawn dishwashing liquid.
Lynne Matallana, President of the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA), was interviewed on Health Corner TV and O24 Fibromyalgia was highlighted as the first and only product to receive the NFA Seal of Approval.
FRISCO, Texas, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sadler's Smokehouse, North America's leader in premium pit-smoked meats, has earned the official seal of approval from the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) for its brisket products.
Orahealth Corporation announced today that Today's Health & Wellness has given Cankermelts-GX the Tested and Recommended Seal of Approval of the National Health & Wellness Club.
The American Heart Association is initiating a national campaign involving their Seal of Approval.