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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.]
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red tape

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


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

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

red tape

nlungaggini fpl burocratiche
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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.
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