Origin of stamp
synonym study for stamp
OTHER WORDS FROM stamp
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stampstamp , stomp
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What else does stamp mean?
Where does stamp come from?
The drug slang stamps is recorded in the early 2000s. It can refer to drugs like LSD, also known as acid, when distributed as small, perforated tabs of paper soaked in the drug, said to resemble postage stamps (and said to have been distributed in prisons onto actual postage stamps since at least the 1970s).
It can also refer to small baggies of drugs, such as heroin, stamped with the logo or brand of a dealer.
Stamps can also be short for food stamps, a social welfare program (and term) started in 1939 to provide food to families living in poverty in the United States. Now formally known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, they originally took the form of coupons (hence stamps) redeemable for food at designated stores.
If someone stamps you, it could be a sign of their approval. This expression comes from a stamp of approval, after an official marking made by a rubber stamp. This was shortened by at least 2005 to stamp, as notably used by Eminem in his 2018 song “Venom,” where he says Dr. Dre gave him “his stamp like a postcard” (i.e., Dre was OK with Slim Shady).
How is stamp used in real life?
The meaning of stamp depends on context.
If someone is expressing that something meets with their approval, they might say Stamp!
Hillary got the official stamp from Beyonce, she should win now.
— Chuckus Godfrey 🇬🇭 (@TheFrugalScribe) November 5, 2016
If someone is licking stamps, it can mean they are getting high on acid—or sending a postcard.
In other contexts, stamps refers to the government assistance of food stamps.
Regulating what they can buy on stamps is very weird gives dictator vibes
— Tyriq Harris (@TyriqHarris) February 13, 2018
More examples of stamp:
“It’s basically a photo archive of all the various heroin stamps floating around the Brooklyn and Manhattan areas, with reviews of the product itself so that other users have a real-time directory of what’s going to make them nod off into a state of blissful, introspective somnolence, and what’s going to leave them puking water and bile for hours.”
—Jamie Clifton, Vice, March 2012
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How to use stamp in a sentence
Being a national park is a gold stamp of approval and excellence.
Three years later, according to the school, a package arrived with foreign stamps in the corner.Jack Steinberger, Nobel laureate in physics, dies at 99|Martin Weil|December 17, 2020|Washington Post
TechCrunch Editor-In-Chief Matthew Panzarino reviewed it in October and gave it his stamp of approval with very little reservation.Gift Guide: Games on every platform to get you through the long, COVID winter|Devin Coldewey|December 3, 2020|TechCrunch
Daryl Morey has been the president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers for less than three weeks, but he has wasted no time putting his stamp on the team’s roster.Daryl Morey Needed Three Weeks To Fix One Of The Sixers’ Big Problems|Jared Dubin|November 20, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
An in-person majority vote is all that’s needed for the committee to give its stamp of approval to Barrett and send her nomination to the full Senate floor.With no tools to halt Barrett’s confirmation, Democrats fall back on symbolic resistance|Amber Phillips|October 22, 2020|Washington Post
Forget those silly “games played with the ball”; they are far “too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.”
The Federal Duck Stamp Act raised the fee on stamps needed to hunt waterfowl on federal land from $15 to $25.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive|Ben Jacobs|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Official Donetsk Republic business was log-jammed because the high command had only one stamp for documents and identity papers.
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|DAILY BEAST
The stamp of authenticity can transform a painting without value to one worth millions.Are Over Half the Works on the Art Market Really Fakes?|Tom Sykes|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“You must leave this house this moment,” she cried, with a stamp, with gleaming eyes and very pale.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
While she flitted into the next room to fetch a stamp, Mrs. Haughstone, her needles arrested in mid-air, looked steadily at Tom.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
It need not mention the sum to be paid for the land; it can be signed with a lead pencil: a stamp signature will suffice.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
They are all, however, marked by the stamp of genius, and give but little trouble to a well informed connoisseur.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
Of the 27 members of the Stamp Act Congress, few if any were inclined to rash or venturesome measures.The Eve of the Revolution|Carl Becker
British Dictionary definitions for stamp
- See postage stamp
- a mark applied to postage stamps for cancellation purposes
Derived forms of stampstamper, noun
Word Origin for stamp
Other Idioms and Phrases with stamp
In addition to the idiom beginning with stamp
- stamping ground
- stamp out
- rubber stamp