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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bureaucratic procedure, red tapenoun

    needlessly time-consuming procedure

Wiktionary

  1. red tapenoun

    A derisive term for regulations or bureaucratic procedures that are considered excessive or excessively time- and effort-consuming.

    Etymology: * Thought to allude to the former practice of binding government documents in red-coloured tape

Wikipedia

  1. Red tape

    Red tape is an idiom referring to regulations or conformity to formal rules or standards which are claimed to be excessive, rigid or redundant, or to bureaucracy claimed to hinder or prevent action or decision-making. It is usually applied to governments, corporations, and other large organizations. Things often described as "red tape" include filling out paperwork, obtaining licenses, having multiple people or committees approve a decision and various low-level rules that make conducting one's affairs slower, more difficult, or both.

Freebase

  1. Red tape

    Red tape is excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making. It is usually applied to governments, corporations, and other large organizations. One definition is the "collection or sequence of forms and procedures required to gain bureaucratic approval for something, especially when oppressively complex and time-consuming". Another definition is the "bureaucratic practice of hair splitting or foot dragging, blamed by its practitioners on the system that forces them to follow prescribed procedures to the letter". Red tape generally includes filling out paperwork, obtaining licenses, having multiple people or committees approve a decision and various low-level rules that make conducting one's affairs slower, more difficult, or both. Red tape can also include "filing and certification requirements, reporting, investigation, inspection and enforcement practices, and procedures".

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. red tape

    The tape used in public offices for tying up documents, etc.; hence, official formality.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Red Tape

    That leisurely officialism which refers a matter from one department to another, until at length the highest authority is reached to take it in hand. The term has been derived from the red tape with which all legal and official documents are tied together.

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  1. predate

  2. tapered

  3. adepter

  4. retaped

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Numerology

  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

Examples of red tape in a Sentence

  1. Chuck Michel:

    For years San Francisco politicians have inappropriately blamed licensed and inspected gun retailers for violence actually caused by gangs, drugs, and sanctuary city laws, the City has imposed a crushing burden of redundant and pointless regulatory red-tape on firearm retailers, all in an effort to put them out of business. Now they have gotten their wish.

  2. Stephen McColgan:

    You know, the red tape in the FDA and President Trump has been trying to cut through it, you know, its always sort of the red tape of government moves slowly.

  3. 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.

  4. Berin Szoka:

    Yet broadband deployment remains unnecessarily difficult because of red tape, high fees and poor infrastructure planning at all levels of government, fixing that could bring faster, cheaper broadband to millions of Americans, especially in rural areas.

  5. 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.

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