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[mass noun] Excessive bureaucracy or adherence to official rules and formalities:‘this law will just create more red tape’
official procedure, rule, regulation, convention, ritual, custom, matter of form, formal gestureceremony, ceremoniousness, ritual, conventionality, red tape, protocol, decorumView synonyms
- ‘He attacked the government for breaking its promise to cut red tape.’
- ‘Today's children, he laments, live in a society ruled by fear and red tape.’
- ‘The Scottish economy cannot afford the tourist industry to be hamstrung by red tape and bureaucracy any longer.’
- ‘Despite vows by politicians to cut red tape, the burden just keeps growing.’
- ‘He says local government red tape is killing housing availability and affordability.’
- ‘No one really knows how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.’
- ‘In addition, they create red tape and can cost as much to administer as they earn.’
- ‘It is really another piece of unnecessary legislation and more red tape we have to comply with.’
- ‘Perry hates red tape but he'll find it in abundance in the public sector.’
- ‘Many small businesses and independent traders can get confused by regulations and red tape.’
- ‘I am not aware of any bills that the Government has introduced today that get rid of red tape.’
- ‘The question is, can this be done without the need for more red tape and regulation?’
- ‘He says he is saddened that bureaucratic red tape has brought the event to an end.’
- ‘Opponents of the penalties claim officers were too tied up in red tape to enforce the legislation.’
- ‘In addition to red tape, uncooperative officials are blamed for delays in other places.’
- ‘In five years he has lumbered business will all manner of regulations, costs and red tape.’
- ‘It is a land so bound up by red tape and regulation it is a struggle for people to make a living.’
- ‘You will encounter government regulations and red tape in your chosen country.’
- ‘Instead they are demanding that councils cut red tape to free resources.’
- ‘The Labour Government has introduced a raft of extra burdens and red tape for small rural businesses.’
Early 18th century: so named because of the red or pink tape used to bind official documents.
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