from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. strict adherence to official formalities

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Strict adherence to official formalities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Strict observance of official formalities; a system of vexatious or tedious official routine.


red tape +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)



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  • See also comments at red-tapist.

    October 27, 2016

  • Be Batman or Robin, but ask
    Or officials will take you to task.
    To limit escapism
    They practice red-tapism
    And make you apply for a mask.

    August 8, 2015