Definition of red-taper in US English:

red-taper

noun

depreciative
  • A person who adheres strictly or mechanistically to official rules and formalities; a bureaucrat.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881), prime minister and novelist. From red tape + -er.

Pronunciation

red-taper

/ˌrɛdˈteɪpə/