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cut through red tape

To get the result one seeks without engaging in bureaucratic rules or methods. Our lawyer was able to cut through red tape and get us an answer from the courthouse.
See also: cut, red, tape, through

have (one) taped

To understand or know someone or something well and use that knowledge accordingly. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I had you taped the minute you walked in here scowling. You're going to sit right here, in the front of the classroom.
See also: have, tape

red tape

Official, bureaucratic rules or methods that are typically overly strict, convoluted, or tedious. Our lawyer was able to cut through red tape and get us an answer from the courthouse. There's so much red tape involved in opening up a restaurant that we decided to ditch the plan altogether.
See also: red, tape

cut through red tape

Fig. to eliminate or neutralize something complicated, such as bureaucratic rules and procedures. I will try to cut through all the red tape for you so you get your visa on time. I am sure someone can help us cut through all this red tape.
See also: cut, red, tape, through

red tape

Fig. over-strict attention to the wording and details of rules and regulations, especially by government workers. (From the color of the tape used by government departments in England to tie up bundles of documents.) Because of red tape, Frank took weeks to get a visa. Red tape prevented Jack's wife from joining him abroad.
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red tape

Official forms and procedures, especially those that are complex and time-consuming. For example, There's so much red tape involved in approving our remodeling that we're tempted to postpone it indefinitely . This expression alludes to the former British custom of tying up official documents with red ribbon. [Early 1800s]
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red tape

COMMON Red tape is official rules and documents that seem unnecessary and cause delay. After dealing with all the red tape and finally getting approval for the building, our funding has been cut. Two lawyers have written a book to help people cut through the red tape when dealing with British nationality laws. Note: Lawyers and government officials used to tie documents together with red or pink tape.
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have got something taped

If you have got something taped, you understand it and are in control of it. The one certainty of parenthood is that whenever you feel you've got it taped, something or someone will come along to throw you off balance! They rarely enter any competition until they have got it pretty much taped.
See also: have, something, tape

have (or get) someone or something taped

understand someone or something fully. British informal
Early examples of the phrase, dating from the early 20th century, do not make its development clear: the sense could derive either from the action of measuring someone with a tape measure or from that of tying someone or something up with tape (and thereby getting them under control).
2001 John Diamond C: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too After a few false starts you've learned how to do sending the meal back, dropping the girlfriend, getting through the job interview, making the marriage proposal: you think you've got it taped.
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red ˈtape

(disapproving) official rules that seem more complicated than necessary and prevent things from being done quickly: Do you know how much red tape you have to go through if you want to import a car?This phrase comes from the custom of tying up official documents with red ribbon or tape.
See also: red, tape

have somebody/something ˈtaped

(British English, informal) understand somebody/something completely and have learned how to deal with them/it successfully: He can’t fool me — I’ve got him taped.

tape off

To restrict or reserve some location or area by encircling it with tape: The police taped off the crime scene. We taped the bench off so that no one would sit on the wet paint.
See also: off, tape


mod. finalized; sealed (up); cinched. (As if one were taping a package.) I’ll have this deal taped by Thursday. Then we can take it easy.
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At the annual NAB show in Las Vegas starting 8 April, Gorilla will showcase its latest tapeless workflow solutions for the broadcast and media industry, including a media operations and control system for managing global production facilities, a new repurposing platform for multi-site multi-vendor non-linear editing environments, and a range of hybrid cloud services for managing and monetizing content more effectively.
Enhanced Tapeless Workflows and Improved GPU-Acceleration
The Photo Archival Company(R) is able to preserve video footage directly from the customer's tapeless camcorder, external USB hard drive or flash memory to produce long-lasting DVDs or Blu-ray Discs.
Its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionized live broadcasting, and its instant tapeless technology is now widely used in nonlinear editing and High Definition Television the world over.
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All three broadcasters used the joint products as part of a tapeless workflow to record and play back, in both SD and HD, audio and video of the World Cup matches.
1, helping to provide an expandable, tapeless infrastructure able to support the company's cross-location and international cooperation requirements, and improve its long-term competitiveness in the European market.
A core component of Adobe Creative Suite[R] 5 Production Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection (see separate releases), Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 is packed with highly anticipated features: the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine so users can open and edit complex projects faster; support for native tapeless workflows that eliminate transcoding and rewrapping; and easy project interchange with Apple and Avid systems for an open and collaborative workflow.
EVS is unveiling its latest broadcast production systems and tapeless workflow solutions at booth 7J3-01.
Whether you're a professional on the set of a documentary, in the field gathering electronic news, an independent producer, streaming video on the web, or involved in any area of professional video production, these new tapeless media solutions are designed to help you get the job done," said Ron Corn, director of product marketing for Sony Electronics' professional media group.
Key innovations and product offerings include native 64-bit support across Mac and Windows[R], the highly anticipated Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, expanded tapeless workflows, a new automated Rotoscoping tool as well as integration with Adobe Story*.
Broadcasters, content providers and telcos also will know first-hand about the operations of a tapeless environment from ingest to quality control, editing, archiving and multi-platform delivery, thus allowing potential users to monetise content and simplify their workflows.
C4325) are HD broadcast lenses and robotic HD cameras, the new Canon XF305 and XF300 professional tapeless HD camcorders, the popular EOS 5D Mark II with 24p HD video capture, the REALiS SX7 Mark II multimedia LCOS projector, a large-format imagePROGRAF printer, and other Canon imaging products.
The new centre will enable ADTV to become the first broadcaster in the Middle East to implement an end-to-end tapeless HD production platform.