rubber stamp

rubber stamp
Of a person, organisation, or process, making decisions or approving matters routinely or without real power, as rubber stamp politics, a rubber stamp committee.
2. noun
a) A piece of rubber or similar material with a design or text carved or molded for the purpose of transferring ink or dye to imprint that design on another object.

The library had a rubber stamp to imprint the due date.

b) A person or organisation who approves, routinely or as a formality, matters decided by some other person or organisation.
3. verb
to process, approve or decide matters routinely rather than through careful consideration

They usually just rubber stamp orders under $100.


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