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
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- noun needlessly time-consuming procedure
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[From its former use in tying British official documents.]
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