a device with a rubber printing surface that becomes coated with ink by being pressed on an ink-saturated pad, used for imprinting dates, addresses, standard designations or notices, etc., by hand.
a person or government agency that gives approval automatically or routinely.
Other definitions for rubber-stamp (2 of 2)
to imprint with a rubber stamp.
to give approval automatically or without consideration: to rubber-stamp the president's proposals.
tending to give approval automatically or without due consideration: a rubber-stamp Congress that passed all the president's bills.
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While the state Constitution places appointments in the governor’s hands, in practice the executive office acts as nothing more than a rubber stamp.South Carolina’s Governor Addresses Magistrate Judge Controversy by Urging Changes | by Joseph Cranney, The Post and Courier | January 15, 2021 | ProPublica
Even though the state Constitution places magistrate appointments in the governor’s hands, in practice the executive office acts mostly as a rubber stamp.Magistrate Judges Took Bribes, Stole Money and Mishandled Cases. South Carolina Officials Now Want Reform. | by Joseph Cranney, The Post and Courier | January 5, 2021 | ProPublica
Ad after ad I saw described Hagan as a “rubber stamp,” almost zombie-esque follower of Obama.In North Carolina, GOP Overreach May Be More Unpopular Than Obama | Dean Obeidallah | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was egotistical even as a child, it is noted, infatuated with the sight of his name on a rubber stamp and later as a byline.My Friend, Roger Ebert: Pulitzer Prize Winner Tom Shales on the Moving Documentary ‘Life Itself’ | Tom Shales | July 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He leaves it to his deputy, Ian McConnel, to rubber stamp the deal?
But the rubber stamp that he began carrying after all his good fortune was surely with him.
“They really are a rubber stamp, but they are a required rubber stamp,” Gilchrist said.The Grand Jury Voting on One Case Every 52 Seconds | Andrew Cohen | February 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This matrix, obtained by a coating from the type or cut, will serve as the mould for the final rubber stamp.Secrets of Wise Men, Chemists and Great Physicians | William K. David
I was having a slightly more elaborate version compressed into a rubber stamp for all literary matter connected with the hut.Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front | E. W. Hornung
That sort of thing was just a novel-writer's rubber-stamp convention.Rough-Hewn | Dorothy Canfield
I do not know what knowledge and what skill are necessary before this rubber stamp is conferred upon a man.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1 | Henry Baerlein
A locally made rubber-stamp cancellation found in several sub-varieties.The Postage Stamp in War | Fred. J. Melville
British Dictionary definitions for rubber stamp
a device used for imprinting dates or commonly used phrases on forms, invoices, etc
automatic authorization of a payment, proposal, etc, without challenge
a person who makes such automatic authorizations; a cipher or person of little account
to imprint (forms, invoices, etc) with a rubber stamp
informal to approve automatically
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Other Idioms and Phrases with rubber stamp
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]
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