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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The collection or sequence of forms and procedures required to gain bureaucratic approval for something, especially when oppressively complex and time-consuming.

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  • n. Time-consuming regulations or bureaucratic procedures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. official formality and delay; excessive bureaucratic paperwork.
  • n. See under Red.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. needlessly time-consuming procedure

Etymologies

From its former use in tying British official documents.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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