Ok, in the dictionary

stamp [transitive, intransitive] stamp (something) to put your foot down heavily and noisily on the ground

I tried stamping my feet to keep warm.

Sam stamped his foot in anger.

He stamped the snow off his boots.

The audience were stamping and cheering.

It seems like the verb "stamp" is used only with "foot".

Could we creatively use the structure with other objects such as a table, a chair, etc as in "please, do not stamp the chair / the table / the wood / the object"?

If not, how to express when a person put an object (a table, a chair, a bar of wood) down heavily and noisily on the ground?

Note: This action is similar to "stamp" but "stamp" can be used with "foot" only.

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You're right that 'stamp' for this meaning is almost exclusively for the foot, [ignoring the postage/rubber stamp type of meaning, or even mechanical/engineering to press metal into shape, which are vaguely related.*]

You could, with a great deal of force, slam an object on the ground, but this is probably a far larger action than you are imagining; you could envisage this as swinging the object from above shoulder-height to give that much force to it.

Instead, I'd think if it was just someone being not careful enough, or even somewhat angry, they'd just bang it down.

That would give enough sense of either careless or even intentional action, but the chair would still arrive on the ground upright & intact, just noisily ;)

So, to tell them to stop…

Hey, stop banging the furniture around!

Whether they take that to mean 'take more care' or 'be less angry' would simply be inferred from the circumstances.

*I'd guess their origins may have been similar, but they have diversified far enough that you cannot stamp a chair, other than to post it.

  • I immediately thought of the word "bang".
    – LnZ
    Commented Jan 16, 2020 at 12:01

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