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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 form a barrier to something or some area by surrounding or blocking it with (usually brightly colored) tape. A noun or pronoun 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

sex tape

A video of two or more people, often celebrities, engaging in sexual acts, recorded privately and nonprofessionally, often but not always with the intention that it will only be seen by the parties involved. The term originated when such videos were recorded and distributed on videotape. These days, most sex tapes are released intentionally to boost some D-list celebrity's career.
See also: sex, 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.
See also: have, someone, something, tape

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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Another advantage of the tapeless environment is that it is inherently format agnostic.
Model 2150, an integrated tapeless answering machine and 10-channel cordless telephone.
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AMA has advanced the state of the art of TV production by providing customers with a faster, more reliable and cost-efficient way to work with tapeless media and get productions to air more quickly.
Enhanced Tapeless Workflows and Improved GPU-Acceleration
ORTO required a tapeless SD/HD production and archive operation to streamline content creation and media management for its transition to a live 24-hour a day operation.
Quick reminders can be recorded in 10-second increments on each of two channels in Record'G's tapeless memo machine.
Interra Systems, Inc, the industry leader in Automated Content Verification or QC and EVS Broadcast Equipment, the leader in Instant Tapeless solutions for sports, news, and TV programs are pleased to announce the integration of Interra's Baton[TM] QC solution in EVS Workflows.
A developer of high-tech tapeless workflow solutions,Pronology, has planned to feature its complete integration and Software as a Service (SaaS) products at the 2014 IBC Show (Hall 10, Stand A26).
Shared media and tapeless workflow solutions provider EditShare has been previewing, for the first time, upgrades to its asset management software EditShare Flow 3.
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.
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.
Pronology, a developer of cutting-edge tapeless workflow solutions, is emphasising its comprehensive integration and Software as a Service offerings for its digital asset management system during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL12410).
DMI moved aggressively towards a full HD tapeless environment this year and spearheaded this move by upgrading [.