Rubber Stamp

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Rubber Stamp

Informal; a term for a person or institution that theoretically could take an action independently but in practice follows the advice or counsel of another party. For example, shareholders may ratify the decision of the board of directors with little scrutiny. In this case, the shareholders act as a rubber stamp to the board.
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With all his strength he drew back the heavy rubber bands and the stone whistled through the air.
Being too full of news to wait in the side entry to take off her rubber boots, she carefully lifted a braided rug into the sitting-room and stood on that while she opened her budget.
You are very kind," said Lady Middleton to Elinor; "and as you really like the work, perhaps you will be as well pleased not to cut in till another rubber, or will you take your chance now?
She sought for the wound in the india- rubber with growing bewilderment.
Tar; Spanish onions; kerosene oil; wet raincoats; crushed laurel-leaves; rubber burning; lace-curtains being washed--No, my mistake, lace-curtains hanging out to dry; and foxes-- hundreds of 'em--cubs; and--"
And the third of these speech-improving Bells, the inventor of the telephone, inherited the peculiar genius of his fathers, both inventive and rhetorical, to such a degree that as a boy he had constructed an artificial skull, from gutta-percha and India rubber, which, when enlivened by a blast of air from a hand-bellows, would actually pronounce several words in an almost human manner.
But despite the pain he was bounding up again like an India rubber man to renew the attack, when Little John interfered.
He took advantage of a lost trick, which ended a seventh rubber, to rise and leave the table.
I do not need a better reply, there is but one man upon all Barsoom who can bounce about like a rubber ball.
The Sheik had been away for a long time, conducting a caravan of ivory, skins, and rubber far into the north.
The discussion fell during the rubber, after which Stuart took up its thread.
He spread the rubber one upon the ground and placed the woolen one about the youth's shoulders.