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Meaning of rubber stamp

rub'ber stamp'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. 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.
  2. a person or government agency that gives approval automatically or routinely.
  3. such approval.

rub•ber-stamp

Pronunciation: (rub'ur-stamp'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to imprint with a rubber stamp.
  2. to give approval automatically or without consideration: to rubber-stamp the president's proposals.
—adj.
  1. tending to give approval automatically or without due consideration: a rubber-stamp Congress that passed all the president's bills.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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