red tape


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red tape

n.
The collection or sequence of forms and procedures required to gain bureaucratic approval for something, especially when oppressively complex and time-consuming.

[From its former use in tying British official documents.]

red tape

n
obstructive official routine or procedure; time-consuming bureaucracy
[C18: from the red tape used to bind official government documents]

red′ tape′


n.
bureaucratic routine required before official action can be taken.
[1730–40; after the red tape used to tie official documents]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.red tape - needlessly time-consuming procedurered tape - needlessly time-consuming procedure
procedure - a mode of conducting legal and parliamentary proceedings

red tape

noun bureaucracy, the government, administration, the system, the authorities, officialdom, the corridors of power They are hamstrung to red tape.
Translations
إجْراءات رَسْمِيَّه عَقيمَه
úřední šiml
bureaukrati
paperisota
skriffinnska
úradný šimeľ
bürokrasikırtasiyecilik

red tape

nlungaggini fpl burocratiche

red

(red) noun, adjective
1. (of) the colour of blood. a red car/dress / cheeks; red cheeks; a red car/dress / cheeks; Her eyes were red with crying.
2. (of hair or fur) (of) a colour which varies between a golden brown and a deep reddish-brown.
3. (a) communist. Red China; A lot of his university friends are Reds.
the Red Army
the army of the former USSR.
ˈredden verb
1. to make or become red or redder. to redden the lips with lipstick.
2. to blush. She reddened as she realized her mistake.
ˈreddish adjective
slightly red. reddish hair.
ˈredness noun
ˈredcurrant noun
a type of garden bush grown for its small red fruit.
ˈredhead noun
a person with red hair.
red herring
1. something that leads people away from the main point in a discussion.
2. a false clue or line of enquiry.
ˌred-ˈhot adjective
(of metal etc) so hot that it is glowing red. red-hot steel; This iron is red-hot.
Red Indian
a North American Indian.
red-letter day
a day which will always be remembered because of something especially good that happened on it.
red tape
annoying and unnecessary rules and regulations.
be in the red
to be in debt.
catch red-handed
to find (a person) in the act of doing wrong. The police caught the thief red-handed.
see red
to become angry. When he started criticizing my work, I really saw red.
References in classic literature ?
I very much wanted one of the sorry old tables which the prisoners had spent so many years in ornamenting with their pocket-knives, but red tape was in the way.
Having disposed of this temperate refreshment, she arose from her stool, tied her papers into a formal packet with red tape, and taking them under her arm, marched out of the office.
asked Laurie soberly, as Amy laid a bit of red tape, with sealing wax, a taper, and a standish before him.
They merely charged illegality in the elections and wrapped up the whole situation in the interminable red tape of the law.
If I had waited for the governor to let her know in the usual course of red tape we should never have got anywhere.
Snagsby has dealt in all sorts of blank forms of legal process; in skins and rolls of parchment; in paper--foolscap, brief, draft, brown, white, whitey- brown, and blotting; in stamps; in office-quills, pens, ink, India- rubber, pounce, pins, pencils, sealing-wax, and wafers; in red tape and green ferret; in pocket-books, almanacs, diaries, and law lists; in string boxes, rulers, inkstands--glass and leaden--pen-knives, scissors, bodkins, and other small office-cutlery; in short, in articles too numerous to mention, ever since he was out of his time and went into partnership with Peffer.
But, when he is trimmed, smoothed, and varnished, according to the mode; when he is aweary of vice, and aweary of virtue, used up as to brimstone, and used up as to bliss; then, whether he take to the serving out of red tape, or to the kindling of red fire, he is the very Devil.
Also it was miserably and criminally delayed by the soulless legal red tape then in vogue.
Too much red tape, habeas corpus and that sort of thing.
There was something about it that quickened an instinctive curiosity, and made me undo the faded red tape that tied up the package, with the sense that a treasure would here be brought to light.
Housebuilders will have their say on ineffective rules and heavy-handed enforcement that stop them building the homes that Britain needs, in a new Cutting Red Tape review launched today (2 December 2015).
When Canada passed its Red Tape Reduction Act earlier this year, several of my fiscally conservative American friends contacted me (a Canadian) to express congratulations and envy.