Amtsschimmel

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Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Amts- + simile (from Latin simile (similar)), the name of a standardized form used by the bureaucracy of the Austria Empire. Alternatively, perhaps a reference to the service horses (Amts- (official) + Schimmel (white horse)) which were provided in Switzerland and elsewhere to government officials.

Noun[edit]

Amtsschimmel m (genitive Amtsschimmels, no plural)

  1. excessive amount of bureaucracy; red tape

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