Red tape

Definition of Red tape

the tape used in public offices for tying up documents, etc.
official formality and delay; excessive bureaucratic paperwork.
See under Red.

See also: Red Red Tape

Related Words

afterthought, beadledom, beat, beaten path, bind, block, blockage, bumbledom, bureaucracy, bureaucratic delay, bureaucratism, chinoiserie, daily grind, delay, delayage, delayed reaction, detention, double take, dragging, grind, groove, halt, hang-up, hindrance, holdup, interim, jam, jog trot, lag, lagging, logjam, moratorium, obstruction, official jargon, officialism, paperasserie, pause, red-tapeism, red-tapery, reprieve, respite, retardance, retardation, round, routine, run, rut, slow-up, slowdown, slowness, squirrel cage, stay, stay of execution, stop, stoppage, suspension, tie-up, time lag, track, treadmill, wait, well-worn groove


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