What does red-tape mean?

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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. 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.

  2. Lesley Page:

    What is needed is compassion and care, not red tape and obstacles, the health implications for failing to treat and care for these women and their children can be profound and, indeed, fatal.

  3. Gerry Scimeca:

    Always, the best solution is going to be stiff penalties and jail time for people who perpetuate fraud and to try not to do anything that is going to burden the legitimate playing field with government red tape.

  4. Nancy Northup:

    Today The Supreme Court took an important step toward restoring the constitutional rights of millions of women, which Texas politicians have spent years dismantling through deceptive laws and regulatory red tape.

  5. Paul Tabori, _The Natural Science of Stupidity_. (New York: ChiltonCompany, 1960), p. 104.:

    Modern war has decimated many a country; but it has always spawned millions of bureaucrats. They fatten on shortages and thrive on trouble. Peace can never offer such opportunities for exercising petty tyrannies, using red tape to regiment the individual and making life generally unpleasant.

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