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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. Donald Trump:

    Let's cut the red tape, let's set free our dreams.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Ivan Kusalic from Razvoj Golf:

    There are many cases, like ours, where investors have been for years struggling with red tape, frequent changes of regulations and legal uncertainty.

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