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Origin of red tape
OTHER WORDS FROM red taperedtapism, noun
Words nearby red tape
How to use red tape in a sentence
Oak Flat translates this aggravating world of red tape and tedium into a thoughtful, often beautiful, and deeply human story.'Oak Flat' Chronicles a Battle to Save Sacred Land|Erin Berger|January 14, 2021|Outside Online
In France, administrative red tape and a lack of nursing home staff hobbled the early days of the vaccine campaign.EU seeks an additional 300 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses|Rachel King|January 5, 2021|Fortune
From giving tax incentives to promising lower red tape and even freeing up industrial land “twice the size of Luxembourg,” the Modi government has made the “Make in India” initiative a cornerstone of its policymaking.Modi’s Make in India revolution is coming at the cost of Indian factory workers|Ananya Bhattacharya|December 23, 2020|Quartz
On housing, it’s basically a checklist of policies he went on to implement – densifying neighborhoods, cutting red tape, streamlining approval processes.Faulconer ‘Changed the Dialogue’ on Housing, But Results Remain Elusive|Andrew Keatts|December 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
If convalescent plasma works, the EUA could save thousands of lives without regulatory red tape.What we (don’t) know about convalescent plasma treatment for Covid-19|Katherine Ellen Foley|August 27, 2020|Quartz
Former Red Sox star Curt Schilling says his politics are keeping him out of Cooperstown.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame|Ben Jacobs|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Nor does the jet have the ability to capture high-definition video, utilize an infra-red pointer.
My agent at the time sent that tape to SNL and then they asked me to come in for an audition.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There was deep brown flesh, and bronze flesh, and pallid white flesh, and flesh turned red from the hot sun.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A Republican candidate hoping to win red state support could find a worse team to root for than one from Dallas.
Beginners must be warned against mistaking the edges of cells, or particles which have retained the red stain, for bacilli.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Under the internal pressure his whiskers stood on end and his face grew red.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
“You appear to feel it so,” rejoined Mr. Pickwick, smiling at the clerk, who was literally red-hot.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Ripperda's eye fell upon the mantle,—it was discoloured a dark red in many places, he nodded his head, and the man withdrew.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
C was a Captain, all covered with lace; D was a drunkard, and had a red face.
British Dictionary definitions for red tape
Word Origin for red tape
Cultural definitions for red tape (1 of 2)
Bureaucratic procedures that delay progress: “Paula had hoped to settle the inheritance quickly but got caught up in a lot of red tape.”
Cultural definitions for red tape (2 of 2)
Administrative procedures, especially in a bureaucracy, that are marked by complexity and delay: “Red tape delayed his passport.”
Idioms and Phrases with red tape
Official forms and procedures, especially those that are complex and time-consuming. For example, There's so much red tape involved in approving our remodeling that we're tempted to postpone it indefinitely. This expression alludes to the former British custom of tying up official documents with red ribbon. [Early 1800s]