put/leave one's stamp

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of put/leave one's stamp

: to affect/change something in some important way often + on
  • He put/left his stamp on the process.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

leave play
  1. : bequeath, devise

  2. : to have remaining after one's death

  3. : to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. : permission to do something

  2. : authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

  3. : an act of leaving : departure

  1. : leaf

stamp play
  1. : to pound or crush with a pestle or a heavy instrument

  2. : to strike or beat forcibly with the bottom of the foot

  3. : to bring down (the foot) forcibly

  1. : a device or instrument for stamping

  2. : the impression or mark made by stamping or imprinting

  3. : a distinctive character, indication, or mark


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