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Topic: MAIL

Date: 1100-1200
Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Old English stampian 'to crush'

stamp

2 verb
     
stamp2 S1 W1
1

put foot down

[intransitive and transitive] to put your foot down onto the ground loudly and with a lot of force:
The audience stamped and shouted.
'I will not!' Bert yelled and stamped his foot (=because he was angry).
She stood at the bus stop stamping her feet (=because she was cold).
stamp on somebody/something (=try to hurt or kill someone or something, by putting your foot down onto them)
Marta shrieked and started stamping on the cockroach.
2

walk noisily

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to walk somewhere in a noisy way by putting your feet down hard onto the ground because you are angry [= stomp]
stamp around/out of/off etc
My mother stamped off down the stairs.
3

make a mark

[transitive] to put a pattern, sign, or letters on something using a special tool:
The woman at the desk stamped my passport.
Among the papers was a brown folder stamped 'SECRET'.
stamp something on something
Stamp the date on all the letters.
4

affect somebody/something

[transitive] to have an important or permanent effect on someone or something:
The experience remained stamped on her memory for many years.
stamp somebody with something
His army years had stamped him with an air of brisk authority.
5

mail

[transitive]TCM to stick a stamp onto a letter, parcel etc

stamp somebody as something

phrasal verb
to show that someone has a particular type of character:
It was his manners that stamped him as a real gentleman.

stamp on somebody/something

phrasal verb
to use force or your authority to stop someone from doing something, or stop something from happening, especially in an unfair way:
Officers were given orders to stamp on any hint of trouble.

stamp something ↔ out

phrasal verb
1 to prevent something bad from continuing:
We aim to stamp out poverty in our lifetimes.
2 to stop a fire from burning by stepping hard on the flames
3TI to make a shape or object by pressing hard on something using a machine or tool
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