Stamp

The government wants to stamp ____ long-term unemployment.

  • off

    Votes: 18 28.1%
  • out

    Votes: 46 71.9%

  • Total voters
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Tdol

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tuangpi

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Hey, it's not fair to give the answer right away! Let us break our head first next time. :lol:
 

Tdol

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I didn't give it away- you have to go and look for it. :)
 

Daruma

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stamp something
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out

1 to get rid of something that is bad, unpleasant or dangerous, especially by using force or a lot of effort
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eliminate: to stamp out racism
2 to put out a fire by bringing your foot down heavily on it: He stamped out the flames before they spread any further.
 

Hortence

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Hi,

I didn't find any definition of "stamp off" on the Internet. Does this idiom exist?
 

englishhobby

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I think it doesn't
 

BobK

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It does. Having seen the length of the benefit queues, some people are quite likely to stamp off in disgust. ;-) This is arguably not a phrasal verb though: someone who stamps something out doesn't stamp tout sec, whereas someone who stamps off does stamp. The "off" simply says where they stamp (away from the object of disgust or annoyance).

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Huda-M

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is it off or out???? i voted on out, i think its the correct answer...... but not sure....
 
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