Merely acquiring a mobile-phone account remains an exercise in red tape and graft.
Back then, red tape kept even crucial projects from getting fast-tracked.
But Rogers said the new policy is instead a new level of red tape that has paralyzed the U.S. military and intelligence community.
“In music, I know what the red tape involved is going to be,” he says.
The abortion battleground is becoming a fight over reams of red tape.
Don't try to cut the red tape for another visit after the trial opens.
What is called "red tape" stood in the way of prompt action.
He cut through the red tape of the transport service, red tape that had been annoying even the established hospitals.
His method of achieving the ideal seems to me too full of red tape.
The red tape which is used to embarrass justice or "tie up" reform commands no reverence even from the party that employs it.
"excessive bureaucratic rigmarole," 1736, in reference to the red tape formerly used in Great Britain (and the American colonies) for binding up legal and other official documents, mentioned from 1690s.
Bureaucratic procedures that delay progress: “Paula had hoped to settle the inheritance quickly but got caught up in a lot of red tape.”
Administrative procedures, especially in a bureaucracy, that are marked by complexity and delay: “Red tape delayed his passport.”
Delay and complication; ureaucrati routine; petty officious procedure
[1736+; fr the tape used for tying up legal and official documents]