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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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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  • noun idiomatic Time-consuming regulations or bureaucratic procedures.

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  • noun needlessly time-consuming procedure

Etymologies

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

[From its former use in tying British official documents.]

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