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[stamp] /stæmp/
verb (used with object)
to strike or beat with a forcible, downward thrust of the foot.
to bring (the foot) down forcibly or smartly on the ground, floor, etc.
to extinguish, crush, etc., by striking with a forcible downward thrust of the foot (followed by out):
to stamp out a fire.
to suppress or quell (a rebellion, uprising, etc.) quickly through the use of overwhelming force (usually followed by out).
to crush or pound with or as with a pestle.
to impress with a particular mark or device, as to indicate genuineness, approval, or ownership:
to stamp a document with a seal.
to mark or impress with a design, word, mark, etc.:
Age stamped his face with lines.
to impress (a design, word, mark, etc.) on:
to stamp one's initials on a document.
to affix a postage stamp to (a letter, envelope, etc.).
to characterize, distinguish, or reveal:
His ingenuity with words stamped him as a potential poet.
verb (used without object)
to bring the foot down forcibly or smartly, as in crushing something, expressing rage, etc.
to walk with forcible or heavy, resounding steps:
He stamped out of the room in anger.
a postage stamp.
an act or instance of stamping.
a die or block for impressing or imprinting.
a design or legend made with such a die or block.
an official mark indicating genuineness, validity, etc., or payment of a duty or charge.
a peculiar or distinctive impression or mark:
a great man who left his stamp on legal procedure.
character, kind, or type:
a woman of serious stamp.
an official seal or device appearing on a business or legal document to show that a tax has been paid.
Also called local, local stamp. such a device, often similar to a postage stamp issued by a private organization to show that the charges for mail carrying have been paid.
an instrument for stamping, crushing, or pounding.
a heavy piece of iron or the like, as in a stamp mill, for crushing ore or other material.
Origin of stamp
early Middle English
1150-1200; (v.) early Middle English stampen to pound, crush, probably continuing Old English *stampian (cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German stampen, Old High German stampfōn, Old Norse stappa); sense development apparently influenced by Old French estamper to stamp < Germanic; (noun) late Middle English: instrument for stamping an impression; partly derivative of the v., partly < Old French estampe, derivative of estamper
Related forms
stampable, adjective
stampless, adjective
misstamp, verb (used with object)
nonstampable, adjective
prestamp, noun, verb (used with object)
restamp, verb
superstamp, noun, verb (used with object)
understamp, noun
understamp, verb (used with object)
unstamped, adjective
Can be confused
stamp, stomp.
4. eliminate, quash.
Synonym Study
4. See abolish. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stamp out
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  • He should be able to quell a mutiny, check a mob or stamp out a rebellion.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • Yet it has taken the British months to stamp out the Boers who were few.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • Cut in squares or stamp out into fancy shapes, and fry in butter.

    New Vegetarian Dishes Mrs. Bowdich
  • What they did was to stand by to stamp out what fire they could.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • We are to show humanity to ourselves; we are to stamp out this lit fuse.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • To stamp out the previous faith was the only policy on either side.

    Royal Edinburgh Margaret Oliphant
  • Conquer and stamp out all these things to which you and I and all men of intelligence object.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • We are going, one of these days, to stamp out the thirteenth colony.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
British Dictionary definitions for stamp out

stamp out

verb (transitive, adverb)
to put out or extinguish by stamping: to stamp out a fire
to crush or suppress by force: to stamp out a rebellion


when intr, often foll by on. to bring (the foot) down heavily (on the ground, etc)
(intransitive) to walk with heavy or noisy footsteps
(intransitive) foll by on. to repress, extinguish, or eradicate: he stamped on any criticism
(transitive) to impress or mark (a particular device or sign) on (something)
to mark (something) with an official impress, seal, or device: to stamp a passport
(transitive) to fix or impress permanently: the date was stamped on her memory
(transitive) to affix a postage stamp to
(transitive) to distinguish or reveal: that behaviour stamps him as a cheat
to pound or crush (ores, etc)
the act or an instance of stamping
  1. See postage stamp
  2. a mark applied to postage stamps for cancellation purposes
a similar piece of gummed paper used for commercial or trading purposes
a block, die, etc, used for imprinting a design or device
a design, device, or mark that has been stamped
a characteristic feature or trait; hallmark: the story had the stamp of authenticity
a piece of gummed paper or other mark applied to official documents to indicate payment of a fee, validity, ownership, etc
(Brit, informal) a national insurance contribution, formerly recorded by means of a stamp on an official card
type or class: we want to employ men of his stamp
an instrument or machine for crushing or pounding ores, etc, or the pestle in such a device
See also stamp out
Derived Forms
stamper, noun
Word Origin
Old English stampe; related to Old High German stampfōn to stamp, Old Norse stappa
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Word Origin and History for stamp out



Old English stempan "to pound in a mortar, stamp," from Proto-Germanic *stampojanan (cf. Old Norse stappa, Middle Dutch stampen, Old High German stampfon, German stampfen "to stamp with the foot, beat, pound," German Stampfe "pestle"), from nasalized form of PIE root *stebh- "to support, place firmly on" (cf. Greek stembein "to trample, misuse;" see staff (n.)). The meaning "impress or mark (something) with a die" is first recorded 1560.

Related: Stamped; stamping. To stamp out "extinguish (a fire) by stamping on it" is attested from 1851 in the figurative sense. Stamping ground "one's particular territory" (1821) is from the notion of animals. Italian stampa "stamp, impression," Spanish estampar "to stamp, print," French estamper "to stamp, impress" are Germanic loan-words.



mid-15c., "stamping tool," from stamp (v.). Sense of "official mark or imprint" (to certify that duty has been paid on what has been printed or written) dates from 1540s; transferred 1837 to adhesive labels issued by governments to serve the same purpose as impressed stamps. Stamp-collecting is from 1862.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with stamp out

stamp out

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 ]


In addition to the idiom beginning with stamp also see: rubber stamp
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