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"rubber stamp" in British English

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rubber stampnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌrʌb.ə ˈstæmp/  us   /ˌrʌb.ɚ ˈstæmp/
a small device with raised letters made of rubber, used for printing the date, name of an organization, etc. on documents

rubber-stampverb [T]

uk   /ˌrʌb.əˈstæmp/  us   /ˌrʌb.ɚˈstæmp/ disapproving
to officially approve 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 raised letters, numbers, or pictures made of an elastic substance such as rubber that you cover with ink and press against a surface, or the printed letters, etc., made in this way: The guard marked 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 city counselors provide 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 president proposes.
(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 small desk tool with raised letters made of rubber, that is used for printing the date, name of an organization, etc. on documents: His secretary signs 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 committee members 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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