To be returned if not satisfactory, as in They're offering custom-made shoes, manufactured from a computer design, on approval. This expression, applied nearly always to the purchase of goods, was first recorded in 1870.
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Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
It was a brick wall that we turned into the on-ramp of a highway.
Could the (thus far) timid trembling give way to a full-on, grand mal seizure?26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas|James Joiner|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
At the store he would never have given in, but he was not accustomed to hearing so loud a murmur of approval greet the opposition.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
She pressed her hands tighter upon her bosom; her eyes sparkled with an odd approval of that brisk deed.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
I drew back from the rim of Writing-On-the-Stone, that set of whispered phrases echoing in my ears.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
I shall be glad if your Majesty is satisfied and pleased with it, as in all I desire to win your approval.
The socialist reads such criticism as the above with impatient approval.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock