rubber stamp
noun Date: 1881 1. a stamp of rubber for making imprints 2. a. a person who echoes or imitates others b. a mostly powerless yet officially recognized body or person that approves or endorses programs and policies initiated usually by a single specified source <
the parliament was a rubber stamp for the dictator
>
3. a. a stereotyped copy or expression <
the usual rubber stamps of criticism — H. L. Mencken
>
b. a routine endorsement or approval • rubber-stamp adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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