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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This is not a rubber-stamping organisation - they wouldn't sit there unless they felt the bid had anything other than direction and momentum.
That process, however, is little more than rubber-stamping.
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.