pencil whip

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pencil whip (third-person singular simple present pencil whips, present participle pencil whipping, simple past and past participle pencil whipped)

  1. (idiomatic) To approve a document without actually knowing or reviewing what it is that is being approved.
  2. (idiomatic) To complete a form, record, or document without having performed the implied work or without supporting data or evidence.
    Knowing the auditors were coming in just a week, we chose to pencil whip the quarterly inventory forms for the last year.

Usage notes[edit]

This term is popular among military personnel and auditors. The term in British and US nautical circles is "gundeck", -ed, -ing.