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seal of approval

An indication of endorsement or authorization of something. 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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Customers can feel confident about doing business with companies that have earned the Seal of Approval," said Joe Yarbrough, CRI president.
To earn the Seal of Approval, a product is carefully reviewed by a group of APMA podiatrists, who conduct a detailed scientific evaluation.
DURHAM County Rugby Football Union president Les Henderson has given Stockton Rugby Club the seal of approval.
Cox, who began his playing career with the north Worcestershire club, has now broken into the first-team squad at Sixways but he will be back at Woodrush's Forhill ground to present the Seal of Approval certificate.
The Seal of Approval recognises that a club has attained the highest standards in providing a safe, effective and child-friendly environment in which youngsters can learn to play rugby and is a threeyear accreditation process.
Staff, coaches and children at Blaydon Rugby Club are celebrating achieving the Seal of Approval from the Rugby Football Union after two years of hard work.
The Seal of Approval was awarded based on feedback from 250 independent, in-home testers.
They have worked with Huddersfield University and West Yorkshire Sport to gain the Seal of Approval, a system which is based on a three-tier programme in which a club is assessed on its ability to provide a safe, effective and child-friendly environment.
Liverpool Collegiate are one of only 50 clubs to have the Seal of Approval in England.
Moseley have been given the seal of approval from the RFU for their work with the next generation of rugby players.
The result may be a program where low monitoring leads to inconsistent application of the seal of approval and thus, diminished potency and validity.
IN a move that will delight the business world generally, Ireland's long-planned National Conference Centre has been given the seal of approval by a hush-hush report commissioned by the Government's Department of Tourism.
For an annual fee, the Seal of Approval, consisting of a red heart enclosing a white check mark, is awarded to branded products that meet certain guidelines, which the Heart Association has not completely disclosed.
The system qualified for the Seal of Approval by passing eight rigorous tests at an independent laboratory that measures performance in critical areas such as soil removal efficacy, propensity for resoiling, appearance retention, residual moisture, and ensuring that cleaning agents do not adversely affect the carpet's life expectancy (i.
Customer can feel confident about doing business with companies that have earned the Seal of Approval,” said Werner Braun, CRI president.