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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You may be right, but I haven't seen any evidence that the court is a rubber-stamp body.
Then, the government rubber-stamps the company's legal bills.
We were not elected by the people just to be a rubber-stamp Congress.
Unlike the Clinton appointments, and the rubber-stamp bipartisan confirmations of liberal nominees Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, California Sen.
The Jambos were last night expected to rubber-stamp a new four-year contract for the Finnish international goalkeeper.
Boards have long been accused of existing only to rubber-stamp the decisions by the incumbent chief executive and preserve his power.
In other words, it has its origin in the SK Chairman having almost no shares himself, and moreover, we believe the problem lies with the board that rubber-stamps at once, without any resistance, the dividend payout plan that goes against all shareholders' expectations in such absurd manner, acting as a faithful rubber-stamp device for the Chairman.