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  1. bureaucratic procedure, red tape(noun)

    needlessly time-consuming procedure

    bureaucratic procedure


  1. red tape(noun)

    administrativia, paperwork, administrivia

  2. red tape(noun)

    A derisive term for regulations or bureaucratic procedures that are considered excessive or excessively time- and effort-consuming.

    All the red tape and paperwork that goes on there prevents any progress.

    paperwork, administrativia, administrivia

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  1. Gerry Scimeca:

    Always, the best solution is going to be stiff penalties and jail time for people who perpetuate fraud and to try not to do anything that is going to burden the legitimate playing field with government red tape.

  2. Reid Weingarten:

    He cut through red tape like on one else.

  3. Deborah Birx:

    That doesn't mean that Fox News will show promise in Americans, fox News showed promise in the test tubes. We are very interested in making sure we have eliminated red tape to make the drug available through their physicians, and study it at the same time. At the same time, we are doing clinical trials on other products we think also will show promise.

  4. Paul Tabori, _The Natural Science of Stupidity_. (New York: ChiltonCompany, 1960), p. 104.:

    Modern war has decimated many a country; but it has always spawned millions of bureaucrats. They fatten on shortages and thrive on trouble. Peace can never offer such opportunities for exercising petty tyrannies, using red tape to regiment the individual and making life generally unpleasant.

  5. Nancy Northup:

    Today The Supreme Court took an important step toward restoring the constitutional rights of millions of women, which Texas politicians have spent years dismantling through deceptive laws and regulatory red tape.

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