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Idioms

seal of approval

seal of approval

also stamp of approval

Meaning

  • an official sign of approval
  • a statement or action that shows something favourably
  • an official indication that something is accepted
  • an endorsement of something or someone
  • a sign that someone of authority has good opinion of something

Example Sentences

  1. The government finally agreed to give the new pension policy its seal of approval.
  2. Now that we have the management’s stamp of approval, we can finally go ahead with the implementation of our ideas.
  3. The trip could be finalized only after his parents gave their seal of approval.
  4. The revolutionary policy proposal did not materialize when the government did not give its seal of approval.
  5. Everything was in place, but since the seal of approval from the powers that be was missing, we could not go ahead with our plans.
  6. Claire’s parents did not approve of her relationship with Tony, but her grandfather gave the young couple his seal of approval.
  7. Armed with the seal of approval of the authorities, the local body proceeded to get rid of the encroachments in the area.

Origin
The phrase was used as an advertising gimmick by Good Housekeeping Magazine, which “gave its seal of approval” to products it endorsed. The products, in turn, bore a small emblem attesting to this endorsement.

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