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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

get (someone or something) taped

To come 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

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

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

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

taped up

1. Sealed shut with tape. You've got to make sure your package is totally taped up before you ship it in the mail. The envelope was taped up so no one would be able to open it unnoticed.
2. Mended or held together by tape. The saxophone I bought at the garage sale is in great condition, though its case is all worn and taped up. The book's pages are falling out and its spine is taped up, but I just can't bear to replace it.
3. Completely finalized or definitively resolved. We're hoping to have this deal taped up by the end of the week. The whole thing's taped up—there's nothing more I can do.
See also: tape, up

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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* Tape sequence: Full backups usually span many tapes.
For Exchange protection, traditional tape backup methods provide full Exchange database protection; however they are limited by slow recovery time, a 23-hour recovery point and for all practical purposes no mailbox or message level recovery.
Based on our experience to date, we believe the only PSAs that perform as well as our technology are the heat activated range of tapes. We believe these tapes are currently only available from one manufacturer, and the range is limited.
Geller found a sharp division of opinion among practitioners over whether to tape the entire interrogation or just to record a restated summary, or recap, of a previously unrecorded interrogation.
Disk-based backup and archiving is undoubtedly important to data protection, but many applications and routines still require the presence of tape. Meeting this challenge is virtual tape, which appears as tape to an application but with similar advantages to disk.
The swaths of magnetic field recorded by ordinary tape deck heads are hundreds of times wider than the microscope's head requires.
However, if there is not enough room on one tape, choose some directories (such as program directories) to omit and then make a point of backing them up manually on a regular basis.
Except for the 3490, 3590 Magstar, 4mm and 8mm tapes and drives, magnetic media have an established track record of reliability when compared with optical media.
People who listened to memory tapes showed no more memory improvement than did those who listened to self-esteem tapes; people who used self-esteem tapes reported no more improvement in self-esteem than did volunteers in the memory group.
For years, IT administrators have addressed the shrinking backup window and increasing user data requirements by throwing faster, denser tape drives and libraries at the problem, and tape drive and library vendors have responded by regularly introducing products that are more capacity-rich, throughput-intensive, scalable, and cost-efficient than the previous generations of products.
In February, April, May and June of this year backup tapes belonging to Bank of America, Ameritrade, Time Warner, and Citigroup were lost while being shipped to secure offsite storage locations.
They soon added VAX/VMS to the mix and both systems used 9-track tapes for backup, requiring a 24/7 operations staff.
Most backed off their data to tape, and carried the tapes offsite each night.
Finally, should offsite tapes be required, the media server will have additional CPU and bandwidth overhead to create tapes.