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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.
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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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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.
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Our commitment to reduce red tape was evident in the past year as we once again exceeded our annual cost savings targets, Economy Minister Steven Bonk said.
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We will now be holding departments' feet to the fire to ensure all unnecessary red tape is cut.
The NECC's calls for less red tape has been echoed by other business groups including the CBI and manufacturers' organisation EEF.
There is no compelling case for making change to Sunday trading regulations," Lowman blasted "It is not a red tape burden, it's a simple and understandable policy.
A MOVE by the coalition Government to slash the red tape allegedly stunting economic growth is being praised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in North Wales.
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However, the paradox, Trajanovski comments, is that while the red tape is being continuously cut, the state administration staff is being spawned.
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New research has discovered the additional cost of red tape and regulation to business in the North East since 1998 is in excess of pounds 512m.
RED tape and regulation has cost Liverpool firms almost pounds 100m over the past decade.
WASN'T it only a month ago that Tony Blair was telling us of his plans to cut bureaucracy and red tape in the public sector?