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cut through red tape

To circumvent bureaucratic obstacles (which are often referred to as "red tape") in order to accomplish something. 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

get (someone or something) taped

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

tape off

To close off something or some area by using brightly colored tape to form a barrier. A noun can be used between "tape" and "off." City regulators have taped the building off ahead of its demolition. Make sure you tape off the crime scene so no one contaminates the evidence before the detectives arrive.
See also: off, 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.
See also: red, tape

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]
See also: red, tape

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.
See also: red, tape

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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Securing the Tape Library: Implementing data protection at the tape library would add encryption to the media management and compression capabilities available in most libraries.
A VTL eliminates risks posed by transportation of physical tape to off-site storage and provides protection throughout the entire data protection cycle-from backup to vaulting.
Supporting the grid is a data warehouse consisting of a 5TB disk array and Quantum SDLT drives in a tape library to provide secure storage of their data, as well as provide fast access for their scientists and developers.
A tape-based backup program, where tape sets are routinely cycled to a remote location and then returned for reuse, offers the best combination of fast local data recovery (when specific files or systems are lost), remote data recovery (when there is a data center outage), and overall cost.
In order to fully erase existing data on an LTO format tape (or other tape utilizing a magnetic servo), it is necessary to "security erase" or completely overwrite the existing data across the entire length, a process that can take several hours.
Following the embarrassment of the lost tape incident last year, the company announced that it would adopt a backup model for sending its data electronically in encrypted format, which is what Asigra has been known for for 20 years.
Performance data shows that Intelligent ATA solutions can deliver up to 2 TB/hour of read/write backup capability (450 MB/sec of performance), which is equivalent to 12 to 15 LTO2 tape drives.
Exabyte Corporation (OTCBB:EXBY) is the leading innovator of tape storage products.
Most double sided acrylic PSA, reinforced, non-reinforced and foam tapes are suitable for the BGSA system, and are available from most tape manufacturers.
The first challenge with tape drives faster than a network connection is that bigger and faster tape drives won't allow us to back up larger systems across the network.
As with the other tapes, this tape includes people talking about their experiences with treatment and recovery, stressing that addiction can happen to anyone.
If a backup requires more than one tape, make certain all the tapes are restorable.
For example, each police department had to decide when to tape interrogations, whether tapes should be made overtly or covertly, how the use of tapes affected prosecutors' and defense attorneys' case preparation and court proceedings, and how the taping influenced the interviewers' choice of interrogation tactics.
Each drive can be configured to accept 10 to 70 IBM 3590 tapes, or up to 7 LTO-format tape cartridges.
Unlike D2D systems, which rely upon native OS file systems, virtual tape libraries write data to proprietary file systems and present the data as physical tapes to the backup servers.