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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It's unfair to describe the process as rubber-stamping as members are given ample opportunity to discuss matters during the committee stage, indeed the member in question chairs one of the scrutiny committees.
Even as I write, weak-minded architects and developers without scruples are photocopying the plans from the AR, adding their legends and logos, writing 'proposed housing development' on them in whatever language and preparing to hand them in to the authorities for rubber-stamping.
The laity's role diminished into rubber-stamping the episcopal candidate already selected by the clergy.
The MAC is in the process of rubber-stamping Northwest Airlines' 20/20 vision plan, which was first proposed only about four months ago, in September 2004.