(to) Stamp your authority on

On this week’s English for Football we take a look at the expression to stamp your authority on something which has a basic meaning of showing who is in charge or demonstrating control over someone.This expression can be broken down into two parts. First the verb to stamp means to impress or to crush and carries the extra meaning of coming down from above. Authority means power, strength or influence so when we put the two together, stamp your authority, it means to bring your power or influence down on something or someone.This week of course has seen Fabio Capello become the new England manager and he is someone who is well-known for being a strict or authoritarian figure. Many in the English media hope he uses this power to stamp some authority on the English players to improve the team’s discipline and character. To stamp authority.

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