red tape

red tape
red tape ˌred ˈtape noun [uncountable]
official rules that seem complicated and unnecessary and prevent things from being done quickly and easily:

• The only way to get this project off the ground is to cut through the red tape.

• Planning permission is tied up in red tape.

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red tape UK US noun [U] DISAPPROVING
official rules and processes that seem unnecessary and cause delays: cut/cut through/reduce red tape »

He promised to reform and cut red tape.

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bureaucratic/excessive/government red tape


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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