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(old) stamping ground
A favorite place where one used to frequent; a location where one used to spend a lot of time. It's been a long time since I've been back to this old stamping ground by the lake! After the reunion, everyone from the old gang of friends went to our stamping ground, just like we used to do back in high school.
(one's) old stamping ground
A favorite place where one used to frequent; a location where one used to spend a lot of time. It's been a long time since I've been back to my old stamping ground by the lake! After the reunion, everyone from the old gang of friends went to our stamping ground, just like we used to do back in high school.
fit on the back of a postage stamp
Fit in a very small space, because there is very little content. This phrase is used to indicate that one knows very little about something. The idea is that one could only fill a very small space—like the back of a postage stamp—writing what one knows about the topic. I am definitely going to fail this test—what I know about Victorian poetry could fit on the back of a postage 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.
1. Literally, to extinguish a spark or fire by stamping on it with one's feet. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stamp" and "out." We quickly stamped out the fire so that it wouldn't be seen in the night sky. An ember popped out of the fireplace and onto the rug, so I stamped it out before it set the place alight.
2. By extension, to destroy, extinguish, or kill someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stamp" and "out." Scientists from around the world are joining together in a bid to stamp out the devastating disease. The dictator vowed to stamp the rebels out once and for all.
on the back of a postage stamp
In a very small space. Used to indicate an extremely limited or meager amount of knowledge about something. Why did they sit me next to a poetry professor at the wedding? Everything I know about poetry could fit on the back of a postage stamp! No one takes him seriously; he could write what he knows about socioeconomics on the back of a postage stamp.
put (one's) stamp on (something)
To demonstrate one's unique style or interpretation in the production of something or by influencing or changing something. Though he only produced the film, it's clear that the auteur director put his stamp on it. The new CEO has made it clear she intends to put her own stamp on the company. The novel is the author's attempt to put his stamp on Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Stamps that certain stores gave shoppers based on how much money they spent there. The shopper could then cash the stamps in. This practice is largely outdated today. Ooh, that purchase earned me a lot of green stamps!
stamp (someone or something) as (something)
To identify, label, or characterize someone or something as a certain type of person or thing. The other kids stamped him as an outsider the moment he joined their class. The opposition was quick to stamp the proposal as nothing more than partisan trickery. Following the war, people who had spoken against the regime were stamped as traitors and jailed.
stamp on (someone or something)
1. To bring down one's foot upon someone or something very forcibly or viciously. He stamped on the burning papers, trying to extinguish the flames. The group of assailants kicked and stamped on the poor man until he was unconscious.
2. To imprint or impress some label, mark, words, or design on someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "stamp" and "on." At the final stage of manufacturing process, a machine stamps the company's logo on the bottom of each toy on the assembly line. The assessor stamped the word "DENIED" in big red letters on the person's application. The bouncer stamped symbols on us as we entered the club so the bartenders would know whether they could serve us drinks or not.
stamp (something) onto (someone or something)
To imprint or impress some label, mark, words, or design on someone or something. At the final stage of manufacturing process, a machine stamps the company's logo onto the bottom of each toy on the assembly line. The assessor stamped the word "DENIED" in big red letters onto the person's application. The bouncer stamped symbols onto us as we entered the club so the bartenders would know whether they could serve us drinks or not.
stamp (something) out of (someone or something)
To eradicate some trait, characteristic, or tendency from a person or thing. The teachers at our school are instructed to be so strict in order to stamp laziness and bad behavior out of our students. The proposed legislation aims to stamp corruption out of every level of government.
stamp out (something) from (someone or something)
To eradicate some trait, characteristic, or tendency from a person or thing. The teachers at our school are instructed to be so strict in order to stamp out laziness and bad behavior from our students. The proposed legislation aims to stamp out corruption from every level of government.
stamp (someone or something) with (something)
To imprint or impress some label, mark, words, or design onto someone or something. At the final stage of manufacturing process, a machine stamps the toys with the company's logo. The assessor stamped the application with the word "DENIED" in big red letters. The bouncer stamped each of us with specific symbols as we entered the club so the bartenders would know whether they could serve us drinks or not.
one's old stamping ground
Fig. the place where one was raised or where one has spent a lot of time. (There are variants with stomping and grounds.) Ann should know about that place. It's near her old stamping ground. I can't wait to get back to my old stomping grounds.
stamp a fire out
to extinguish a fire by stamping on it. Quick, stamp that fire out before it spreads. Tom stamped out the sparks before they started a fire.
stamp on someone or something
to strike down hard on someone or something with the bottom of the foot. The attacker stamped on his victim after he had knocked him down. Walter stamped on a spider.
stamp someone or something as something
to label someone or something as something; to mark someone or something as something. His manner stamped him as a fool. The committee stamped the proposal as wasteful.
stamp someone or something with something
to affix a label onto someone or something with something; to apply a particular message or symbol onto someone or something, as with a rubber stamp. Judy stamped everyone who went into the dance with a symbol that showed that each had paid admission. Mary stamped the bill with the PAID symbol.
stamp someone out
Sl. to get rid of or kill someone. (Fig. on stamp something out.) You just can't stamp somebody out on your own! The victim wanted to stamp out the robbers without a trial.
stamp something onto something
to affix an informative label onto something, as with a rubber stamp. she stamped her name and address onto all her books. Tom stamped his identification onto all his papers and books.
stamp something out
Fig. to eliminate something. The doctors hope they can stamp cancer out. Many people think that they can stamp out evil.
stamp something out of someone or somethingand stamp something out
Fig. to eliminate a characteristic of someone or something; to destroy a characteristic of someone or something. I would really like to stamp that mean streak out of you. We were not able to stamp the excess costs out of the proposal and had to reject it. We couldn't stamp out their bad behavior.
stamp something (up)on someone or something
to affix an informative label onto someone or something, as with a rubber stamp. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) The attendant stamped a date upon each person who entered the dance hall. The person at the door stamped something on my hand when I came in.
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]
Also, old stamping ground. A habitual or favorite haunt, as in Whenever we visit, we go back to our old stamping ground, the drugstore nearest the high school . This term alludes to a traditional gathering place for horses or cattle, which stamp down the ground with their hooves. [Early 1800s]
Extinguish or destroy, as in The government stamped out the rebellion in a brutal way, or The police were determined to stamp out drug dealers. This metaphoric expression alludes to extinguishing a fire by trampling on it. [Mid-1800s]
on the back of a postage stamp
If you say that everything someone knows about a subject could be written on the back of a postage stamp, you mean they know very little about it. What she knew about children would have fitted on the back of a postage stamp.
stamping groundBRITISH or
If a place is someone's stamping ground or stomping ground, it is where they spend a lot of time. I'm a West End man, myself. Park Lane, Knightsbridge, Piccadilly and Bond Street are my favourite stamping grounds. Former pals also found her much changed at Christmas, when she made a brief return to her old stamping ground, the Blue Anchor pub in South London. Note: This expression may refer to the way that stallions stamp while mating. Alternatively, it may come from the dances of male prairie chickens when they gather in spring in order to mate.
put your stamp on something
If you put your stamp on something, you do something that makes it clearly show your influence. Since my bloke left, I've been putting my stamp on each room. He is determined to put his stamp on the 150-year old newspaper.
1. To extinguish or destroy something by or as if by trampling or stepping on it: I was able to stamp the small fire out. The government aims to stamp out poverty.
2. To produce something by application of a mold, form, or die: The baker rolled the dough and stamped out ten heart-shaped cookies. That machine stamps the coins out of the sheet metal.
n. money. (From S&H Green Stamps given as an incentive to purchase other goods.) How many green stamps does this take?
stamp someone out
tv. to get rid of or kill someone. (Fig. on stamp sth out.) You just can’t stamp somebody out on your own!
stamping groundand stomping ground
n. one’s favorite or customary location. I like to go back and look at my old stamping ground every now and then.
old stamping ground
A favorite or habitual haunt. This Americanism dates from the eighteenth century and originally referred to a place where horses or cattle were gathered together (presumably stamping down the ground with their hooves). By the early 1800s it had been transferred to a gathering place for human beings. D. Dunklin used it in an 1821 letter: “It is unnecessary to undertake to give you any details of affairs in your old stamping ground.”
Trading stamps. The most popular of the trading stamps that shoppers collected from the end of the 19th century through the 1980s were S&H (Sperry & Hutchinson) Green Stamps. Supermarket chains, department stores, service stations, and other retailers bought the stamps, then gave them to shoppers in quantities and denominations based on how much the shoppers spent in the store. The object was to create customer loyalty. Shoppers then cashed in the stamps at redemption centers or by mail and received household and sporting goods as well as other items. “Do you give Green Stamps?” was a frequent question, and not always to retailers. A would-be wit might ask a dinner party hostess serving a platter of food, “Do I get Green Stamps with that?” Said often enough, it was enough to make the rest of the gathering lose their appetites.