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red tape

noun

Simple Definition of red tape

  • : a series of actions or complicated tasks that seem unnecessary but that a government or organization requires you to do in order to get or do something

Full Definition of red tape

  1. :  official routine or procedure marked by excessive complexity which results in delay or inaction

Examples of red tape

  1. You would not believe the red tape involved in getting the required permits.



Origin of red tape

from the red tape formerly used to bind legal documents in England


First Known Use: 1736


RED TAPE Defined for Kids

red tape

noun

Definition of red tape

  1. :  rules and regulations that seem unnecessary and prevent things from being done quickly and easily <governmental red tape>




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