Definitions for red-tape

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Webster Dictionary

  1. Red-tape(adj)

    pertaining to, or characterized by, official formality. See Red tape, under Red, a

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Red-tape

    red′-tāp, n. the red tape used in public, and esp. government, offices for tying up documents, &c.: applied satirically to the intricate system of routine in vogue there: official formality.—adj. pertaining to official formality.—ns. Red′-tā′pism, the system of routine in government and other public offices; Red′-tā′pist, a great stickler for routine.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Red-tape

    name given to official formality, from the red-tape employed in tying official documents, whence "red-tapism."


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of red-tape in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of red-tape in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mike Cheokas:

    She had to take a certain protocol and fail that before taking the more effective drugs, this bill will save lives. It cuts through the red tape.

  2. Suzanne Sisley:

    With marijuana you have to go through added layers of government red tape. It highlights the way marijuana research is being shackled by politics.

  3. Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan:

    The constraints that tend to slow down investment are primarily on the supply of pods, finance, the high cost of borrowing seen and export red tape.

  4. Ashok Gulati:

    Every year, a large amount of funds allocated for irrigation lie unutilized and that's because of lethargy, red tape, inept administration and a lack of political will.

  5. California Governor Jerry Brown:

    This emergency proclamation cuts red tape and helps the state quickly mobilize all available resources, we will do everything necessary to protect California's coastline.

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