American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The collection or sequence of forms and procedures required to gain bureaucratic approval for something, especially when oppressively complex and time-consuming.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. official formality and delay; excessive bureaucratic paperwork.
- n. See under Red.
- n. needlessly time-consuming procedure
- From its former use in tying British official documents. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We were tied up in our own red tape and each of us could feel that tender something called a comrade getting tougher and tougher to hold onto.”
“HiTek is going to do everything we can to cut right through the red tape and get this project on line immediately.”
“Those hospitals were now a dream compared to the levels of political red tape he suspected he was about to experience with Starfleet Academy.”
“And Clemente — did he see fencing as a way to escape this bureaucratic dumping ground of the maimed and the flawed, where red tape and denials of grants brought frustration and failure?”
“No more red tape - it's time to give every service-member electronic copies of medical and service records upon discharge.”
“We need to cut through the red tape - every service-member should get electronic copies of medical and service records upon discharge.”
“They must have saved this one for an Olympian red tape merchant, the Bureaucrat-in-Chief.”
“You can always negotiate a lower-than-market interest rate from a flexible seller, and you rarely have to go through the red tape required to get a loan through a lending institution.”
“It means no more red tape - it's time to give every service-member electronic copies of medical and service records upon discharge.”
“In many live phone-in shows with BBC World Radio and TV, and other major outlets, we in the large UN agencies are often contrasted with the small, “unbureaucratic” nongovernmental aid groups that “without administrative overhead and red tape can go straight to the needy with their relief.””
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