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Meaning of “rubber stamp” in the English Dictionary

"rubber stamp" in British English

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rubber stampnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us  
a ​smalldevice with ​raisedletters made of ​rubber, used for ​printing the ​date, ​name of an ​organization, etc. on ​documents

rubber-stampverb [T]

uk   /ˌrʌb.əˈstæmp/  us   /-ɚ-/ disapproving
to ​officiallyapprove a ​decision or ​plan without ​thinking about it: The ​boss makes the ​decisions and the ​committee just rubber-stamps them.
(Definition of rubber stamp from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rubber stamp" in American English

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rubber stampnoun [C]

 us   /ˈrʌb·ər ˈstæmp/
a ​device used for ​printing with ​raisedletters, ​numbers, or ​pictures made of an ​elasticsubstance such as rubber that you ​cover with ​ink and ​press against a ​surface, or the ​printedletters, etc., made in this way: The ​guardmarked my ​pass with a rubber stamp. disapproving A rubber stamp is also an ​approval given without much ​thought: The ​mayor has a lot of ​power, and ​citycounselorsprovide a rubber stamp.

rubber-stampverb [T]

 us   /ˈrʌb·ərˈstæmp/ disapproving
to ​approve something without giving it much ​thought: Congress is not going to ​simply rubber-stamp any ​policy the ​presidentproposes.
(Definition of rubber stamp from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"rubber-stamp" in Business English

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rubber-stampverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌrʌbəˈstæmp/
to ​approve an ​idea, ​project, ​law, etc. without ​examining it carefully first: The ​board is expected to rubber-stamp the ​approval next month.

rubber-stampadjective [before noun]

uk   us  
used to describe a ​group or ​organization that gives ​approval to ​ideas, ​projects, ​laws, etc. without ​examining them carefully first: The problem we face in this country is rubber-stamp ​boards. a rubber-stamp ​legislature/​parliament
used to describe a decision that is made ​based on someone else's ​advice, without ​examining the facts or arguments on both ​sides first: a rubber-stamp decision/​recommendation/​approach

rubber stampnoun [C]

uk   us  
WORKPLACE a ​smalldesktool with ​raisedletters made of rubber, that is used for ​printing the ​date, ​name of an ​organization, etc. on ​documents: His ​secretarysigns the ​stack of ​papers using a rubber ​stamp with his ​signature on it.
disapproving a ​person or ​organization that gives ​approval to an ​idea, ​project, etc. without ​examining it carefully first: act as/become a rubber ​stamp for sth The ​board is not simply a rubber ​stamp for management's decisions.
disapproving approval that is given to an ​idea, ​project, etc., especially before it is ​examined carefully: Many ​felt that the ​committeemembers were merely ​providing a rubber ​stamp for ​government decisions. If anyone ​thinks they can get a rubber ​stamp, they won't.
(Definition of rubber-stamp from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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